China backs hundreds of global coal power projects — China is exporting its pollution to poorer, less developed countries

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP/File | A man catches fish with a net in the Huangpu river across the Wujing Coal-Electricity Power Station in Shanghai in February

BEIJING (AFP) – Chinese companies are planning or constructing hundreds of coal-fired power projects around the world, data show, even as Beijing talks up its commitment to fighting climate change.

The report by German environmental lobby group Urgewald comes as China seeks to fill a vacuum left by the United States following President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate agreement.

Urgewald estimates about 250 Chinese companies are involved in nearly half of the 1,600 new coal power projects planned or being built worldwide.

They include state-owned energy giants China Datang Corporation, China Huaneng Group, and SPIC.

Urgewald bases its figures on publicly available company information and the Global Coal Plant Tracker published by San Francisco-based research platform CoalSwarm.

It estimates more than 840,000 megawatts…

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