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Use of green power may outstrip 5-year plan

By Zhou Yan  (China Daily)

08:31, December 06, 2011

BEIJING - The proportion of China's energy that comes from non-fossil fuels in the next four years and beyond will exceed the figure set in the country's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) and other plans, industry experts said.

Their forecast was based on the country's continued work to make itself more reliant on renewable sources of energy, they said.

The central government has set a goal of having China obtain 11.4 percent of its energy from non-fossil sources by the end of 2015, up from 8 percent now.

And by 2020, the country is to get 15 percent of its energy from non-fossil sources.

"We believe the real proportion will exceed the planned proportion during the period of the five-year plan and beyond, given the country's pace for the development of renewable energy sources," said Han Wenke, director of the National Development and Reform Commission's energy research institute, a government think tank.

Previously, Han had said China will obtain 20 percent of its energy from non-fossil sources by 2030 and 33 percent by 2050.

China where 90 percent of the energy consumed comes from coal, crude oil and other substances with large carbon contents is trying to rely more on renewable sources of energy to cut its carbon emissions, which many scientists believe contribute to global warming.

Zhang Guobao, former head of the National Development and Reform Commission's National Energy Administration, had said previously that the country will consume no more than 4 billion tons of coal or its equivalent by 2015. This past year, China used the equivalent of 3.25 billion tons of coal to produce energy.

That ceiling for energy use is in keeping with the country's pledge for carbon intensity the amount of carbon it emits for each unit of its GDP. By 2020, the government wants that measure to be 45 percent below what it had been in 2005.

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