Ex­pert: Na­tion is leader in growth of new en­ergy

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By HOU LIQIANG in Ka­tow­ice, Poland [email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

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.

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