China fell short on 2019 energy efficiency goals
China missed its energy efficiency goals in 2019, cutting the energy consumed per unit of gross domestic product by 2.6%, lower than its target of 3%, the country’s state planning agency said on Friday in a report to parliament.
China aims to cut energy intensity by 15% from 2015-2020, but experts said it might struggle to meet the target as it concentrates on more energy-intensive projects in the second half of 2020.
The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) attributed the failure to “the rapid growth of steel, building materials, non-ferrous metals, chemicals, and the service sector”.
It said other major environmental goals for the year were met, with the amount of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of economic growth cut by 4.1%, beating its 3.6% target.
The NDRC also vowed to upgrade more steel firms in order to cut their pollution levels. Around 60% of steel firms should comply with ultra-low emissions standards by the end of this year, and 80% by the end of 2025, according to targets set in 2019.
The agency also promised prudent and safe development of new hydropower and nuclear projects, and said it would maintain the pace of new wind and solar plant construction in order to ensure that non-fossil fuels become “the major contributor to energy consumption growth”.