A rapid rollout of wind energy, solar power and bioenergy is technologically and economically feasible, a report led by the China National Renewable Energy Centre claims.
In a “high renewable” scenario, the country’s coal use would peak in 2020 and its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 – five years ahead of target.
“China can no longer rely on coal,” said Li Junfeng, a top climate official at the National Development and Reform Commission. There is pressure to clean up air pollution as well as greenhouse gases.
“We hope that renewable energy in China can be developed quickly and at large scale, to make the peak time as early as possible and as small as possible.”