China's clean energy consumption up

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 22, 2012 11:10 hrs

Beijing, Nov 22 (IANS) The consumption of clean energy in China has been increasing, a government report said.

The country consumed about 283 million tonnes of non−fossil energy in 2011. This is 8.1 percent of that year's total energy consumption −− up 3.4 percentage points from 2005.

In 2011, China put a cap on its energy consumption at four billion tonnes of coal equivalent by 2015, outlining the use of hydropower, wind, solar and biomass energy, the China Daily reported Thursday.

Clean energy, including natural gas and hydroelectricity, accounts for a bigger proportion of China's growing energy consumption, according to the National Development and Reform Commission' annual report.

The report titled "China's Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change" showed wind and solar power grew by 16 million kw and 2.1 million kw, respectively, last year.

The document released Wednesday also said, China has been promoting the construction of clean coal−fired plants, equipped with modern technology for more efficiency.

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