Thirsty Coal, A Water Crisis Exacerbated by China’s New Mega Coal Power Bases

Abstract As China’s economy grows, its thirst for energy – nearly 70% of which now comes from coal – worsens. The world’s second largest economy will construct 16 large-scale coal power bases, predominantly in western areas of the country over the duration of the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15). According to the plan, in 2015, the following bases: Shendong, Mengdong, Jinbei, Jinzhong, Jindong, Ningdong, and Shaanbei, most of which are situated in Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Ningxia, will contribute a total coal output of 2.2 billion tons, contributing to 56% of China’s annual coal output for 2015 (3.9 billion tons).
Date 2012 08
Publisher Greenpeace
2 Coal, 2.3 Coal and the Environment