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China's post-coal growth


  • Qi, Ye
  • Stern, Nicholas
  • Wu, Tong
  • Lu, Jiaqi
  • Green, Fergus


Slowing GDP growth, a structural shift away from heavy industry, and more proactive policies on air pollution and clean energy have caused China's coal use to peak. It seems that economic growth has decoupled from growth in coal consumption.

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  • Qi, Ye & Stern, Nicholas & Wu, Tong & Lu, Jiaqi & Green, Fergus, 2016. "China's post-coal growth," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 67503, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  • Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:67503

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    Climate-change mitigation; Energy efficiency; Energy supply and demand; Sustainability;

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