China Will Dramatically Increase its Reliance on Solar, Wind and Other Renewables

French President Francois Hollande (L) looks at Chinese Premier Li Keqiang leaving after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French President Francois Hollande (L) looks at Chinese Premier Li Keqiang leaving after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

China today released its climate proposal for limiting heat-trapping emissions by 2030. The proposal, or Intended Nationally-Determined Contribution (INDC), is the latest in a series countries are publishing in preparation for December climate negotiations in Paris. With China’s submission, countries representing more than half of all global emissions have now proposed how they plan to constrain their post-2020 emissions, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Specifically, China says its total emissions will peak no later than 2030 and that the country will dramatically increase its reliance on solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. China is also committing to large-scale reforestation activities to reduce emissions.

China, already the world’s largest renewable energy producer, plans to install an amount of additional zero-emissions electricity capacity over the next 15 years that exceeds the current capacity of all the coal-fired power plants in China and is close to total current electricity generation capacity in the United States. In addition to the planned increases in renewables, China’s coal consumption has dropped in recent months. If this trend continues, China could achieve a peak in total emissions well before 2030.

UCS Director of Strategy and Policy Alden Meyer  “China is a world leader in renewable energy, and the announcement today that it will ramp up its share of non-fossil fuels to at least 20 percent of its energy mix by 2030 confirms its continued commitment to scaling up clean energy, and accelerating a transition away from coal. The public health benefits for the people of China will be significant. China’s example also underscores the huge global economic opportunity for all countries, developing and developed, in embracing a clean energy future.”

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