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China seeks to expand green energy ties

By Lan Lan  (China Daily)

13:04, May 04, 2012

Workers assemble solar photovoltaic battery parts, which will be exported to the European Union, at a factory in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. Provided to China Daily

China and the European Union will expand collaboration in the alternative energy sector to achieve shared objectives in terms of energy conservation and emissions reduction, officials said.

The two sides will further cooperate in nuclear technologies, including uranium enrichment and experimental fast reactors, and they will jointly develop new-energy vehicles, said Xu Xianping, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission.

Cooperation in the development of green technology is another area that can draw China and Europe closer together, said Han Wenke, director-general of the Energy Research Institute, under the National Development and Reform Commission.

EU countries have technological advantages. France is at the forefront of nuclear technologies, while Denmark is strong in wind power, and Germany excels in solar energy.

China's drive to achieve environmentally sustainable growth will mean these technologies have a market for years to come.

"Over the past five years, China has led the world in the rate at which it has installed new clean energy generating capacity," said Phyllis Cuttino, director of the clean energy program for the Pew Charitable Trusts, a Washington-based research group.

A recent Pew report said China's investment in clean energy totaled $45.5 billion in 2011, which meant it fell behind the United States for the first time since 2009.

"While China's growth may have been flat in 2011, it remains a formidable contender in the global clean energy race, leading the world in the production of wind turbines and solar modules," Cuttino said.

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