With more than 1.33 billion people, China is the most populous country in the world has become the second largest economy, overtaking Japan in the second quarter 2010, gross domestic product (GDP) valued at 1336.9 billion dollars (1.0517 trillion euros).
“Experts believe that after having dethroned Japan – and in recent years Germany, France and Britain – the growing influence of China and its growth prospects will make it to the U.S. in 2030.”
In addition to being the world’s most populous, China is also the largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions and, according to the International Energy Agency, it now remains the leading consumer of energy on the planet, overtaking the United States. Indeed, the Chinese consumed in 2009, equivalent to 2252 billion tons of oil, 4% more than the U.S..
In 2009 China became the largest wind energy market, more than doubling its installed capacity, going from 12.2 GW in 2008 to 25.8 GW, or a gap of 13.6 GW, the positioning in second place worldwide behind the U.S., exceeding narrowly Germany.
“While this sounds impressive, the EU still has a good head start – in China – with a total installed capacity of nearly 65 GW, which represents approximately 5% of the electricity demand EU,” said Chris Rose’s Blog EWEA (European Wind Energy).
But the question is for how long?