China has set a target of increasing renewable energy use from the present 10
percent to 20 percent of the total energy consumption by 2020 to meet the
increasing demand and reduce the greenhouse effect.
"Wind power has the greatest potential in renewable energy, and biomass will
help in fuel consumption," said Wind Energy Association Vice-Chairman Shi
But renewable energy has its problems such as high costs and poor research
and development, he said.
to Li Junfeng, deputy director of the National Development and Reform
Commission's Energy Research Institute, by the end of October 2006, the total
installed capacity of wind and solar power in the country was 2.3 million
kilowatts and 300 megawatts, respectively, a rise of 85 and 100 percent over
But shortage of funds hindered technological innovation in the bio-fuel
sector because of which power generation grew only by 10 percent last year.
The development of renewable energy is expected to help the country reduce
environmental pollution and eco-damage. The future of sustainable economic
development relies on the improvement of efficiency, Xinhua quoted a United
Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) official as having said.
"The future for sustainable economic development relies on cooperation across
the world in industrial restructuring, efficiency improvement, adoption of
renewable energies, and adjustment of the current modes of production and
consumption," said UNEP Deputy Executive Director Shafqat Kakakhel in his letter
to a recent economic forum held in North China's Tianjin.
In its bid to protect the environment and build an energy-saving society, the
Chinese government will expedite the setting up of a standard scientific
evaluation system for energy consumption to meet its energy and pollution
targets, National Bureau of Statistics Director Xie Fuzhan said.
The Ministry of Finance has said the government will adopt new steps,
including developing the pollutant emission trade and raising taxes for
pollutant discharge this year, to speed up environmental protection, according
(China Daily 02/27/2007 page2)