India and China – Coal is King

Vijay Jayaraj: Coal’s future lies in Asia

It is well understood that India and China together constitute the biggest coal-consuming block and are also the world’s biggest greenhouse-gas emitters. As part of the Paris climate pact, both India and China were expected to progressively reduce their dependency on coal. However, recent investments and energy strategies laid out in these countries portray a different picture.

India for example explicitly stated this year that coal will play a significant role in its ambition to become a $5 trillion economy. That is according to India’s home minister, a powerful figure in the government’s decision-making process. To realize this vision, India has acted to increase production, improve coal technology, and modernize its coal plants.

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