Chinese authorities announced the goals to build generation capacity of 235 GW of renewables over the next five years, in an effort to reduce excessive dependence on fossil fuels and CO2 emissions.
The draft will be discussed and approved by legislators during the Fourth Session of the Eleventh National People’s Congress in Beijing. The country also plans to build hydropower stations along major waterways such as rivers, Jinsha, Yalong and Dadu, with an installed capacity of 120 million kilowatts.
Moreover, according to plan for the next five years will create at least 70 GW of wind power capacity and 5 million kilowatts of solar energy.
The country plans to build six large continental wind base two macro wind farms in coastal areas, and projected power stations and solar photovoltaic located mainly in Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Gansu, Qinghai, Xinjiang and Yunnan.
Regarding fossil fuels, the draft indicates that China will raise energy efficiency in coal use, maintain the current level of domestic oil production and facilitate a rapid increase in natural gas production.
In addition, China will build pipelines with a length of 150 thousand kilometers in the next 5 years. The products include a pipeline to Central Asia and pipelines to Kazakhstan and Myanmar.
China has grown to become the world leader in energy production and use, according to the Energy Research Society of China. The country’s annual energy consumption totaled 3,250 million tons of coal equivalent in 2010, a figure that represents 5.9 percent more than in the previous year.
However, China’s energy mix where coal is around 70 percent of total energy consumption, has put the country under great pressure in tackling climate change and protect the environment.
Zhang Guobao, former head of the National Energy Administration, was quoted by the official Xinhua news agency said China aims to increase the proportion of fossil fuels in total primary energy use to 11.4 percent in 2015.