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.