Coal dependency ‘slowing China climate efforts’

China's continued dependence on coal is hindering its efforts on climate change, Reuters quoted a Chinese environment official as saying on Wednesday.

"China is one of the few countries whose energy mix is dominated by coal," Yue Ruisheng, a deputy director general at China's State
Environmental Protection Administration, was quoted as telling a conference on an Arctic Norwegian island.

Coal makes up almost 70% of primary energy use in China against a world average of below 30%, he was quoted as saying.

"China faces much more difficulties than other countries" in breaking dependence on coal, he added.

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