China’s Green Energy Capacity Set to Top Coal by Year’s End

The world’s largest coal consumer plans to scale up renewable energy use in the coming decade as part of ambitious pledges to bring its carbon dioxide emissions to a peak by the end of the decade.

China could have the capacity to generate more electricity from non-fossil fuel sources than from burning coal by the end of this year, a major trade group has said, as the Asian nation’s bold climate pledges drive a flood of investment into clean energy.

The world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter is expected to have installed about 1,120 gigawatts (GW) of generation capacity based on non-fossil fuels — such as hydropower as well as wind and solar power — by the end of 2021, according to a report published Friday by the China Electricity Council (CEC).

By comparison, the nation had installed 1,090 GW of coal-fired power as of March, the report says. The figure is not expected to grow significantly during the rest of the year.