China plans to build no more new coal-burning power plants abroad. Chinese President Xi Jinping promised this in a pre-recorded video speech on Tuesday (21 September) at the 76th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.
The international community has long pressured China to stop funding coal abroad. Xi said China would support developing countries in the development of green and low-carbon energy from now on. The president did not elaborate on the plan and did not give any details of the plan.
Due to climate change, coal has become less popular worldwide in recent years, but China did not give up the energy source to meet energy demand. In 2020, the country will generate about half of the world's coal power. China is responsible for about 29 per cent of all CO2 emissions worldwide.