China’s steel industry saw an increase in operating capacity last year despite a government push to tackle excess production, Greenpeace and an industry consultancy say in a new report. The regional arm of the NGO and Chinese consultancy Custeel found that most steel mills shut down during the drive last year were already idle. The cuts made during the campaign were offset by resumed production and newly added output, leading to a net increase of 36.5 million tonnes in operating capacity, the South China Morning Post reports. The central government said it cut 85 million tonnes of capacity last year, nearly double its original target, but the report said 74% of the retired plants were no longer active. Crude steel production increased 1.2% to hit 808.37 million tonnes last year, against a 2.3% drop in 2015.
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