Expert: Nation is leader in growth of new energy
China tops the world in its effort to reduce carbon emissions, despite the enormous challenges it faces as a highly populated developing country, according to a senior Chinese climate change expert.
He Jiankun, deputy president of China’s National Expert Committee on Climate Change, made the comment on Tuesday on the sidelines of the ongoing 24th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP 24, in Katowice, Poland.
“China surpasses other countries in carbon emissions, as it is large not only economically but also in territory and population. The country, however, is making great efforts in transforming its energy structure and it tops other countries in the growth of new and renewable energies,” He said.
China has the largest hydroelectric, wind and solar power generating capacities in the world and also leads all countries in annual growth of those three types of energy. The country’s investment in new energy, the largest in the world, is still expanding at unparalleled speed, he said.
By the end of last year, China’s renewable energy generating capacity had reached 650 million kilowatts, up by 14 percent year-on-year. A total of 1.6 trillion kilowatt-hours of hydroelectric, wind and solar power were generated in the country last year, according to China’s Policy and Actions for Addressing Climate Change (2018).
On average, the world is seeing its carbon intensity — emissions per unit of GDP — decrease by no more than 2 percent a year, half the rate of China. China’s decrease in carbon intensity is much faster than that of developed countries, He said.