China will control its coal consumption this year to cope with the stress on coal supply, said Saturday Liu Tienan, head of the National Energy Administration.
“Controlling a reasonable total consumption of coal will help accelerate economic restructuring and promote the transformation of economic growth pattern of China,” Liu said at a national conference on energy.
China aims to control its total energy consumption at 4 billion tons of coal equivalent by 2015, representing annual growth of 4.24%.
Liu called for greater efforts to ensure the stability of the coal market, improve efficiency, increase production of value-added sector, enhance the safety of coal mines, improve the living conditions of miners and deepen international cooperation in this sector.
The country’s coal production rose 8.7% year on year to 3.52 billion tons in 2011, according to statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Coal is the primary energy source for about 80% of electricity generated in China. China has already established the objective of increasing contribution of renewables in total electricity production to 15% by 2020.