“As China battles one of the most serious virus epidemics of the century, the impacts on the country’s energy demand and emissions are only beginning to be felt,” says this article on carbonbrief.org.
Electricity demand and industrial output remain far below their usual levels across a range of indicators. These include:
- Coal use at power stations reporting daily data at a four-year low.
- Oil refinery operating rates in Shandong province at the lowest level since 2015.
- Output of key steel product lines at the lowest level for five years.
- Levels of NO2 air pollution over China down 36% on the same period last year.
- Domestic flights are down up to 70% compared to last month.
China is “a country in shutdown.”
See entire article, dated 19 Feb 2020:
Thanks to Paul Lauren for this link