China making good use of science and technology to tackle climate change
November 17,2017 By:Xinhua
Last year, China surpassed the United States as the world's biggest electric car market, with 507,000 NEVs sold in the country, an increase of 53 percent year on year.
China is the world's biggest producer, consumer and investor in renewable energy, according to a report about it's renewable energy development in 2016 published this October.
The country ranks first in terms of generation capacity of hydro, wind and solar power, as well as nuclear power capacity under construction, Li Gao, an official with the climate change department of the National Development and Reform Commission, said at a State Council press conference in October.
The country is not only accelerating its renewable energy capacity building, but also exporting clean energy technologies to the rest of the world.
Recently, Chinese renewable energy company BYD sealed a deal with a factory in Sao Paulo to supply 180 megawatts of solar modules.
"The current annual production of solar modules of the factory is 200 megawatts," said Li Tie, manager of BYD Brazil Branch. "The increased production with the help of BYD will meet the demand of Brazil's growing renewables market."
CRRC Zhuzhou Electric, a propulsion and control systems provider, signed a framework agreement with German wind turbine maker Senvion to supply 100 wind driven generators in October.
The Chinese company agreed to produce at least 100 3.7MW-144 wind turbines for Senvion in the next three years.
Over the past decade, while maintaining economic growth, China has cut carbon dioxide emissions by 4.1 billion tonnes. Last year, the country cut its carbon intensity, the measure of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP, by 6.6 percent, surpassing its goal of 3.9 percent.
The government has promised to reduce its carbon intensity by 18 percent, and to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to 15 percent, by 2020 from 2016.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) saw a rosy future for China's contribution in improved energy mix.
The World Energy Outlook 2017 published by the IEA earlier predicted that "China's choices will play a huge role in determining global trends, and could spark a faster clean energy transition."
The scale of China's clean energy deployment, technology exports and outward investment makes it a key determinant of momentum behind the low-carbon transition," said the report.