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China Accelerates Energy Efficiency Goal

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has pledged that the country will reduce the carbon intensity of its economy by 17 percent over the next five years.

The aim to reduce carbon emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 17 percent between 2011 and 2015 is part of China’s previously stated goal of reducing carbon intensity by 40 percent by 2020, from 2005 levels, AFP reports.

Wen said the country aims to generate 11.4 percent of energy from non-fossil fuels by 2015, up from 8.3 percent last year. China has previously stated a goal of meeting 15 percent of energy demand from renewable energy by 2020.

“We will effectively conserve resources and protect the environment. We will respond actively to climate change,” Wen said in a speech to open the annual session of China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress.

He said that energy consumption per unit of GDP fell 19.1 percent over the past five years, just missing the country’s original target of 20 percent.

Wen said the country had made “genuine progress in energy conservation, emissions reduction, ecological improvement and environmental protection” between 2006 and 2010, and had “vigorously developed clean energy” technologies.

But the country relies on coal for more than two-thirds of its energy needs, the AFP reported.

Recent research by Zpryme projected that the value of China’s smart grid market will rise from $22.3 billion to $61.4 billion over the next five years, providing a market unrivalled by any in the world.

China’s ambitious smart grid plans are part of the government’s plans to meet soaring demand, move electricity from resource centers in the west to load centers in the east, and meet goals on carbon emissions and renewable energy.

China has topped Ernst & Young’s renewable energy country attractiveness index for several quarters running. Most recently (pdf), it scored 71, four points ahead of the second-placed U.S.

But while China has made great strides in renewable installations – this year becoming the country with the most installed wind power capacity – much of that power has nowhere to go. About 30 percent of wind turbines in China are not connected to a transmission network, Zpryme said.

Picture credit: Jim Winstead

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6 thoughts on “China Accelerates Energy Efficiency Goal

  1. “this year becoming the country with the most installed wind power capacity – much of that power has nowhere to go. About 30 percent of wind turbines in China are not connected to a transmission network, Zpryme said.”

    That just about sums it up. Wind turbines are all show and no go, but it fools the western lefties. Gives them a warm and fuzzy feeling all those fake turbines spinning away.

  2. @Klem So that means that about 70% of China’s wind turbines are connected to a transmission network, and are contributing clean energy to users. That hardly qualifies as “all show and no go”.

    China is making a commendable effort to address climate change. A few hiccups along their greatly accelerated path are not surprising. China is far more serious in their effort than is the U.S.

  3. I think I have to agree with Doug. The path to sustainability cannot be described as ‘joined up thinking’ here in the UK either; so China should be praised for at least starting along the road, if albeit with a few faltering steps along the way.

  4. And considering that the average wind turbine only delivers 20% of it’s available output places them at around 14%. Once again I repeat, wind turbines are all show and no go, but it fools the western lefties. Gives them a warm and fuzzy feeling all those fake turbines spinning away.

  5. One must also take into account thou, that if enough Wind turbines are produced along with production of solar power, geo thermal, tidal, bio and other alternative and renewable resources are massed produced (Chinese way to bring prices down) then eventual the total percentage of the countries power will be generated that way causing near depletion of foreign oil, and coal production….both of which satisfy right for cheaper goods and job creation along with anti americans….i mean leftist

  6. @Klem Once again you are wrong. First, the average wind turbine delivers about 50% of it’s rated output. Not 20% as you falsely claim. Wind turbines are a very real contributor to clean energy all over the world.

    And regardless of the actual delivered power percentage, the fact remains that China has over 40 Gw of turbines – multiply that by whatever (reasonable and believable) percentage you want, and you still end up with a respectable chunk of clean energy being delivered. Despite any and all naysayers who falsely believe otherwise.

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