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China Still Sustains Clean Energy Despite Challenges

Energy officials, on Wednesday, said China will maintain green energy transition in spite of the struggles that world’s energy has faced following the Russia- Ukraine war.

China, which is the largest energy consumer in the world, has been attempting to find a balance between two things: its pledges to reach a maximum in emissions by the year 2030 and its necessity to maintain energy supplies. However, the country still aims to promote its fossil-free fuel energy by 1% per year by 2030, according to Zhang Jianhua, director of the National Energy Administration.

In a news conference held in Beijing, he said expansion of fossil-free fuel energy in China has persisted according to last year’s tight supply conditions and resumption of coal-fired power plants in European countries.

The world’s top greenhouse gas emitter attempts to cut coal consumption as of 2026. However, in March, President Xi Jinping stated that China “could not simply slam the brakes on consumption”.

Currently, China’s main utilities use record thermal coal, 170 million tons, and the government has promised not to cut power, versus last year’s widespread power failure.

Green, clean energy transformation in the world’s energy system is invariable in the long run and China will take advantage, said Li Chuangjun, director of the administration's renewable energy department.

Over the 6 months of 2022, the country exported 78.6 gigawatts (GW) of solar facilities and gained US$25.9 billion, over double the amount of a year earlier, he said.

Research earlier in 2022 suggested that 33 GW of new coal-fired power generation capacity was added in 2021, which is 3 times larger than the rest of the world combined.

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By Saha on July 28, 2022

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