China ‘must shut 600 coal-fired plants’ to hit climate target

By Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent Move towards renewables to hit net zero by 2060 would also pay off with saving of $1.6tn, analysis findsChina must shut down nearly 600 of its coal-fired power plants in the next 10 years, replacing them with renewable electricity generation, to meet its goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, a report has said.But replacing the 364GW of coal generation with renewable power would achieve a net saving of $1.6tn (£1.2tn) over the period, since wind and solar power are now much cheaper than coal, according to the analysis company TransitionZero. Related: Urgent policies needed to steer countries

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