--File--Coal is transported by scrapers at a mine in Huaibei, east Chinas Anhui province, 5 December 2011.
China, the worlds biggest user and producer of coal, will limit domestic output and consumption of the commodity in the five years through 2015 to reduce pollution and curb reliance on the fuel.
Production and demand will be restricted to about 3.9 billion metric tons a year by 2015, according to a five-year plan for the coal industry released by the National Energy Administration at a briefing in Beijing. The nation produced about 3.8 billion tons in 2011, according to Helen Lau, a Hong Kong-based analyst at UOB-Kay Hian Ltd. China, the worlds biggest producer of carbon emissions, will strengthen control of air pollution and take an active part in international cooperation to tackle climate change, the National Development and Reform Commission said on March 5. The government aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 17 percent per unit of gross domestic product in its five- year plan through 2015.