China focuses on control the use of coal

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.