The Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee laid out China’s plan for the 14th Five-Year Plan and its visions for 2035. Specific development requirements for energy, environment, ecology, and climate change were included. Most prominently, President Xi Jinping clearly stated China’s goals of achieving peak carbon emissions by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, staking out a clear path forward for China’s energy transition.

Building off of the remarkable accomplishments of the 13th Five-Year Plan, we should continue to implement a cap on total coal consumption during the 14th Five-Year Plan period, ensuring the prevention of a rebound in coal consumption, strengthening coal substitution, and promoting the efficient utilization of clean energy. In key regions we should further strengthen the coal cap and implement measures for high-quality development. In key sectors this should entail a combination of restricting new growth in coal consumption industry and reducing existing coal consumption in industry so as to promote the rapid adjustment of the energy structure. During the 14th Five-Year Plan period we should ensure that the share of coal in total energy consumption is reduced to below 50%, ensure that the goal of a fundamental improvement in air quality is achieved, strive to peak carbon emissions by around 2025, and ensure the realization of the Chinese government’s climate commitments.


November 24, 2020 Beijing China



Moderator:Fang Qing Vice President, China Energy Conservation Association


Opening Remarks

Antonio Guterres Secretary General of the United Nations

Liu Qiang Director of Programmes, China Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

Gina McCarthy President , Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)


Keynote Speeches


Outlook of Coal Cap and Energy Transition in the Era of High Quality Development

Wu Yin Former Deputy Director of the National Energy Administration


Total Coal Consumption Control under China’s Carbon Neutrality Target

Xu Huaqing Director, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation


Ecological and Environmental Restrictions and Total Coal Consumption Control

Yan Gang Deputy Director, Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning, Ministry of Ecology and Environment


Tea & Coffee Break


Recommendations for China’s 14th FYP: Continue to Implement Mandatory Coal Control Targets

Yang Fuqiang Coal Cap Project Research Steering Committee Member

Q&A (5 mins)


Panel Discussion : Development and coal control in key energy-intensive industries during the 14th FYP period

Moderator:Bai Rongchun Coal Cap Project Research Steering Committee Member


Yuan Jiahai Professor, School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University

Zhang Shaoqiang President, China Coal Processing and Utilization Association (CCPUA)

Hao Xue Associate Chief Engineer, China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute

Gao Xudong Senior Engineer, China Cement Association


Panel Discussion: International Practices in Coal Phase-Out and Energy Transition

Moderator:Wen Hua Deputy Director, China Coal Cap Project, Natural Resources Defense Council


Danae Dholakia Minister Councillor (Prosperity)), British Embassy

Octavian Stamate Counsellor for Climate Action and Energy, European Union Delegation to China

Dr. Felix Matthe Research Coordinator for Energy and Climate Policy,Öko-Institut, Member of the German Coal Commission


Energy Transition, Environmental Management and Coal Control in Key Coal-Consuming Provinces During the 14th FYP period

Moderator:Han Wenke Coal Cap Project Research Steering Committee Member


Xu Chongqing Director, Institute of Ecology at the Shandong Academy of Sciences

Yuan Jin Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology

Qian Fajun Director, Institute of Geographical Sciences, Henan Academy of Sciences


Closing Remarks

Yang Fuqiang Coal Cap Project Research Steering Committee Member

Host Organizations

China Energy Conservation Association

China Energy Conservation Association (CECA) was founded in 1989, and was registered and approved by State Civil Ministry. CECA is a self-constrained, non-profit social entity. CECA devotes itself to efficient utilization of energy, environment protection and advancing economic profit, and helps to enhance the energy efficiency technology and energy efficiency products of China to a global advanced level. CECA obeys the leadership of National Development and Reform Commission, Science and Technology Ministry and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the PRC. CECA has many enterprise members.

Goals: The goals of CECA include promoting rational and efficient use of energy resources and improving the environment through research and implementation of energy-saving policies, developing and promoting energy-saving technologies and products, and collecting and disseminatingof energy-saving information.

Government service: CECA researches and publicizes state laws and regulations, disseminates energy-saving information, research national policies, etc.

Enterprise service: CECA establishes an information exchange platform for usage by enterprises.

Social service: CECA spreads energy-saving knowledge and improves energy-saving awareness for the whole society.


China Coal Cap Project

The China Coal Consumption Cap Plan and Policy Research Project (“Coal Cap Project”) was launched in October 2013 in close collaboration with over 20 renowned Chinese think tanks, research institutions, and industry associations. The project researches China’s coal consumption cap strategy and policy, implementation roadmap and action plan, and provides policy recommendations and actionable measures to government officials. The ultimate goal is to help China conserve resources, protect its environment, and achieve its climate change and sustainable development goals.

In 2014, the China Coal Cap Project completed the report on "The Long-Term Development Scenario and Outlook for China's Coal Consumption Cap (2015-2050)." In 2015, the Project published "China's 13th Five Year Coal Cap Action Plan Research Report." In 2016, the China Coal Cap Project will summarize and promote regional and sectoral best practices and experiences, advancing the implementation of coal strategies and policies.

The Project is funded by UK's Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and is coordinated by the Natural Resources Defense Council and World Wide Fund for Nature.


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