Datang’s failed coal chemical initiative and the story of China’s coal chemical sector

In this report, Greenpeace explores the development of China’s coal-to-chemical sector and environmental problems of the industry. We look at the efforts of one such SOE, the Datang group, one of China’s top 5 state-owned power sector giants, which had the ambition of building China’s largest and most advanced coal-to-gas plants, and its most extensive coal chemical portfolios.

China has a need for gas. Richly endowed with coal resources, China has relied on the
“black gold” for much of its energy needs, with 66% of its energy consumption coming from coal burning in 2014. However, rampant air pollution and other harmful environmental problems, coupled with the government’s desire to diversify its energy resources, have led China to pursue other sources of energy aggressively.

Read full report here: Pipe Dreams