China is set to resume production at several shuttered coal mines to meet rising power demand.

According to a Bloomberg report, around 15 coal mines across the northern provinces will restart operations for a year.

The move is expected to deliver around 44 million tonnes (Mt) of coal, the publication added citing a statement from China’s National Development and Reform Commission.

This comes after 38 coal mines in Inner Mongolia resumed output last week.

Coal prices in the country soared by nearly one-third this year, hitting record levels in May 2021 due to supply disruptions.

Subsequently, China’s policymakers recommended mitigating aggressive steps to reduce carbon emissions amid rising power demand.

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Xinhua News Agency reported that the members of Chinese decision-making body Politburo advised a coordinated and orderly approach to achieve carbon neutrality.

Reuters reported last month that China will conduct a pilot programme in key industrial regions to analyse carbon emissions from new projects across various industry verticals.

The country expects carbon emissions to peak by 2030 and eventually achieve a net zero by 2060.

In the first quarter of this year, China produced around 970.56Mt of coal. The figure represents a 16% increase from 829.91Mt in the same period in 2020.

The increase was primarily due to strong demand and less stringent Covid-19 restrictions. The coal mines in the country were closed in the first two months of 2020 due to the outbreak.