A new report from Carbon Brief suggests that China’s carbon emissions will decrease in 2024 due to a significant increase in clean power generation. This includes a surge in renewable energy and nuclear installations. As a result, China’s reliance on coal is – according to the report – expected to decrease.
However, the extent to which China’s emissions will continue to decline beyond next year depends on various factors. Grid constraints and opposition from the coal lobby pose challenges that could impact China’s ability to maintain the current level of clean energy deployment.
However, if clean energy growth can surpass rising electricity demand beyond 2024, it would lead to a sustained decline in emissions, signalling a structural shift away from carbon-intensive sources.