Published 2 January 2017
December 2016 - Coal continues to be the bugbear of China's energy sector. When China’s current leadership took office in late 2012, they laid out a number of key policy priorities directly relevant to the energy sector. These included the broad goals of requiring state-owned enterprises to become more commercial in their behaviour, allowing the prices of resources to follow the market more closely, and delegating more authority to provincial governments to approve infrastructure projects. In the energy sector, the government set targets for capping the production and consumption of coal as well as for the growth in the deployment and consumption of non-fossil energy, notably in electricity supply. These targets arose from the urgent need to reduce air pollution, along with the desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.