Friday, September 21, 2007

Renewable energy accounts for 8% of total consumed energy last year

16:46, September 20, 2007

By the end of 2006, China's renewable energy utilization amounted to 200 million tons of standard coal (excluding the traditional use of bioenergy), accounting for 8% of total energy consumption in China – 0.5 percentage points higher than that of 2005. This was revealed at the 2007 World Solar-energy Conference held in Beijing.

Director of China's Renewable Energy Academy, Shi Dinghuan, who is also a consult for the State Council, made a speech on China's renewable energy development at the conference.

He pointed out that the Chinese government has paid great attention to the development and utilization of renewable energy by issuing the Renewable Energy Law; and making a medium and long term development plan on renewable energy.

Small-scale hydro-power plants, wind power, biomass energy, solar energy and geothermal energy are all developing rapidly; while research and application in the field have also developed considerably over the past ten years. In particular, small-scale hydro-power, solar energy, and methane utilization are all leading technologies in the world; they have laid a solid foundation for large scale utilization of renewable energy. The solar energy heater is the earliest industrial project in China. By the end of 2006, China's solar energy heaters grew to a scale of 90 million square meters, accounting for 75.8% of the world's total holding.

According to China's medium and long term development plan on renewable energy, by 2020 China's renewable energy will account for 16% of total energy consumption.

By People's Daily Online

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