Chinese environment measures and trade war fail to dent coal demand

THERMAL coal prices are remaining resilient on firmer domestic demand in China despite authorities revealing a three-year plan to reduce coal consumption and the looming trade war with the US.

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Chinese environment measures and trade war fail to dent coal demand Chinese environment measures and trade war fail to dent coal demand Chinese environment measures and trade war fail to dent coal demand Chinese environment measures and trade war fail to dent coal demand Chinese environment measures and trade war fail to dent coal demand

Beijing shrouded in smog.

According to ANZ Bank the Chinese government will be promoting natural gas over coal in areas battling air pollution such as Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei.
 
"They will also target a 10% reduction in coal use by 2020 compared with 2015," the ANZ said in a report. 
 
"The plan also reiterated the goal for natural gas to account for 10% of total energy consumption by 2020."
 
Thermal coal was up by 1.9% over the past week to US$116.60 per tonne.
 
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