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This week in data:

Clean energy generated a record-high 44% of China’s electricity in May 2024, pushing coal’s share down to a record low of 53%, despite continued growth in demand, according to new analysis published by Carbon Brief.

Coal lost seven percentage points compared with May 2023, when it accounted for 60% of generation in China. Generation from clean energy sources grew by a record 78 terawatt hours (TWh), including a record rise from solar of 41TWh (78%), a recovery from earlier drought-driven lows for hydro of 34TWh (39%) and a modest rise for wind of 4TWh (5%).

If current rapid wind and solar deployment continues, then China’s CO2 output is likely to continue falling, making 2023 the peak year for the country’s emissions, the analysis says.

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