WC: The coal industry and Asia in 2014

China: coal continues as the key source of energy New regulations and policy initiatives in China in 2014 can be expected to reflect the priorities set in China’s 12th Five-Year Plan, including “higher quality growth”, which includes a stronger focus on environmental protection, climate, and energy efficiency. However, despite stricter environmental standards, China’s coal demand…

UPI: China aims to reduce coal consumption

China plans to reduce coal use and promote cleaner industrial production as part of the government’s new plan aimed at reducing pollution. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, beginning a four-day visit to China on Sunday, told the China Daily newspaper “it’s encouraging” that the Chinese government “has a strong commitment to tackling the pollution…

GERMANY: Green party: Germany’s renewable policies boost carbon emissions

Germany’s energy policies are a conundrum not led by efficiency computations, a member of the opposition Green party told Bloomberg. “What we are seeing is the schizophrenic situation of the renaissance of lignite plants while efficient power plants don’t get a chance to enter the market,” Stefan Wenzel said. RWE is planning to take power stations offline,…