The government has formulated a 10-year program under which clean energy will account for 15 percent of the total consumption mix by 2020, a top official has revealed. To realize the goal, the government will invest billions in the construction of nuclear power stations, wind farms, solar power plants and research of renewable energy technologies, said Zhang Guobao, head of the National Energy Administration.
China needs to strive harder to reach its goal of energy conservation set by the 11th Five Year Plan (2006-2010), said Li Pumin, spokesman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). According to the plan, China will cut its per unit GDP energy consumption by 20 percent (compared with the 2005 level) at the end of 2010. However, the per unit GDP energy consumption fell only by 14.38 percent from 2006 to 2009, Li said Sunday.
China Everbright Group, a state-owned investment enterprise, recently announced that China Everbright International Ltd. plans to start construction on a bioenergy project in Dangshan County, Anhui Province. The parent has inked a cooperative agreement with the local government to put the project into operation in 2012. The power station will generate electricity from household waste, rotten fruit and straw.
Innovation Norway’s Energy Management Program is searching for service providers for a two year framework agreement on competence building in China. The key purpose is to provide training modules in close cooperation with local partners on the subject of energy efficiency aimed at both the building sector and heavy industry in China. A key aim is to ensure that a strengthening of local knowledge will have a long-term effect on Chinese energy management practices, also through the development of energy efficiency projects.
At last month’s Beijing Energy & Environment Roundtable, Mark Levine and Lynn Price of Lawrence Berkeley National Labs’ China Energy Group, presented a fascinating array of findings on how China is progressing on its energy conservation goals in its current five-year plan (2006 to 2010). The study, conducted by LBNL’s China Energy Group (in collaboration with Tsinghua University and McKinsey) analyzed China’s efforts in seven energy conservation programs–the Ten Key Projects, Enforcement of New Buildings Energy Standards, Building Retrofits, Top-1000 Energy-Consuming Enterprises, Structural Adjustments, Small Plant Closures, and Appliance Standards.
Touted by its supporters as the best and cheapest way to fight global warming, carbon trading is losing momentum amid the uncertainty created by the failure of the Copenhagen summit meeting and President Barack Obama’s troubles in the United States. ”Clearly, there is a question mark over the role of the carbon markets at an international level,” said Guy Turner, the director of carbon market research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province has been successful in fending off desert encroachment with afforestation near the ruins of the Great Wall. "Compared with images taken in 2000, the forest has expanded about 400 kilometers northward from Yan’an City in the heartland of the Loess Plateau," said Yulin’s forestry chief Li Junzhi. "It’s a result of sustained afforestation."