Mission Statement

China is the world's largest producer and consumer of coal, accounting for nearly half of the world’s total annual coal consumption. While coal has been the main energy source for China's economic development, it has also caused serious damage to the environment and public health. In recent years, large areas of China have experienced frequent and severe air pollution as thick smog, which poses a grave threat to public health. In response to climate change and air pollution, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) launched a China Coal Consumption Cap Project in October 2013. The project combines resources from over 20 leading Chinese stakeholders - including government think tanks, research institutes, and industry associations - to develop a comprehensive roadmap and policy package for establishing and implementing a binding national coal consumption cap that aims to help China peak its coal consumption by 2020. Accelerating the replacement of coal with cleaner energy sources and implementing energy efficient practices will fundamentally help China achieve its long-term economic, technological, and environmental goals.

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