Analysts project that a large segment of China’s coal-burning sector is headed for a steep decline over the coming two decades as the country continues striving to address a critical air pollution problem. Since 2013, the Chinese government has announced several plans targeted at reducing air pollution through decreased use of “sanmei” or dirty, low-grad coal. Since 2012, use of sanmei coal has dropped 40 percent, from 774 million tons annually to 469 million tons. Looking ahead, industrial sanmei use is expected to decline from 650 million tons in 2012 to 191 million tons in 2025 and then to around 100 million tons in 2035, an 84 percent drop.

– via World Coal

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