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Xi Jinping calls for clean, low-carbon development of coal industry in Shanxi

2022/1/28 17:02:28   source:CGTN

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for efforts to facilitate the clean and low-carbon development of the coal industry to advance the country's goals of carbon peaking and neutrality.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks during his two-day visit to north China's Shanxi Province, a leading coal-producing region of the country.

"Carbon peaking and carbon neutrality are not something asked of us, but something we are doing on our own initiative," Xi said when inspecting a company in Jinzhong City that has made progress in the clean and efficient utilization of coal in recent years. He visited an intelligent fuel management center, a laboratory and a coal yard.

China has set targets to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

Xi underscored the fact that China is rich in coal but relatively poor in oil and gas resources. He called for strengthening domestic energy production, ensuring the supply of coal and facilitating the clean and low-carbon development of the coal industry.

Efforts should be made to accelerate green and low-carbon technological breakthroughs and continuously upgrade China's industrial structure to achieve the goals of carbon peaking and neutrality proactively and steadily, Xi said.

The supply of power and heat is vital to the overall economic development and social stability, he said.

The president urged major enterprises, especially state-owned enterprises, to lead by example in maintaining the stability of supply and prices to ensure that people stay safe and warm in winter.

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