China made world's largest investments in clean energy in 2009

17:23, November 26, 2010      

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China's clean energy investments ranked first in the world in 2009, reaching 200 billion yuan. As a result, China has achieved some success in energy conservation, emissions reduction and in promoting the green economy, said Zhou Tienong, vice-chairman of the 11th Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, disclosed at the China International Green Industry Forum 2010 on Nov. 24.

Its energy intensity in GDP has dropped nearly 16 percent in the past four years, with the amount of energy saved reaching 490 million tons of coal equivalent and the carbon dioxide emissions falling by over 1.1 billion tons. The emissions-reduction targets for sulfur dioxide and chemical oxygen demand have been achieved ahead of schedule. In addition, the consumption of renewable energy in 2008 reached 250 million tons of coal equivalent.

As of the end of 2009, the proportion of China's renewable energy consumption to primary energy consumption already reached 9 percent and the forest coverage rate hit 20 percent. Meanwhile, the green economy represented by energy-conservation and environmentally-friendly industries has experienced rapid development.

In 2009, the energy-conservation and environmentally-friendly industries contributed 1.7 trillion yuan in GDP, hired more than 27 million employees and acquired higher innovation capacity and technological levels.

China has also accomplished great achievements in terms of energy efficiency and environmental protection, electricity technology development and new-energy development and utilization. China's installed hydropower capacity, installed capacity of nuclear power plants under construction and solar water heating capacity all rank first in the world.

By People's Daily Online


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