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US President Joe Biden has invited to an online climate summit in a week. Before that, Germany, France and the US will work with China, the largest coal consumer.

Beijing (dpa) – According to a study, China would have to shut down much of its coal-fired power plants and replace them with wind and solar power this decade to deliver on its climate protection promises.

According to the London research group Transitionzero, the carbon dioxide intensity of power generation should be halved by 2030. The switch to clean alternatives will save the equivalent of $ 1.6 trillion in the long run, the authors wrote.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, China’s head of state and party leader Xi Jinping, and French President Emmanuel Macron want to discuss in a video link this Friday the heightened efforts in the field of climate protection. US Climate Commissioner John Kerry is also holding two-day talks with his counterpart Xie Zhenhua in Shanghai. It is about the preparation of the online climate summit, to which the new US president Joe Biden was invited on April 22 and 23.

In the first two months of this year, production increased by 25 percent to 618 million tons, the German Federal Bureau of Geosciences and Natural Resources reports. The increase was approximately 124 million tons. “That is more than the total annual production of German lignite, which was 107 tons in 2020,” said expert Sandro Schmidt of the federal office.

“The short-term investments and political signals regarding coal energy do not fit China’s commitment to neutrality,” said Transitionzero’s research. The new five-year plan for 2021 to 2025, adopted by the People’s Congress in March, also emphasizes “promoting the clean use of coal”.

Recalling the experience of China’s overcoming problems, the Transitionzero researchers were nonetheless convinced that the neutrality goal could even be reached prematurely. “The target will likely prove essential to China’s economic growth prospects.” The turnaround is “both technically feasible and economically beneficial”.

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