China planned to cut coal consumption share from the present 66% to 60% or less in total energy consumption by 2020, one senior official with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said on September 11.
China's energy demand is forecasted to grow at an average annual rate of 3.3% during the 13th Five-Year Plan period over 2016-2020.
Total domestic energy consumption is expected to some 4.8 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent in 2020, and coal consumption will total some 3.9 billion tonnes in 2020.
China's energy consumption has witnessed an average 7.9% annual growth over the past 14 years. Coal is still dominant in the country's energy mix, comprising about 66% of its total energy consumption. Some 4.26 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent were used in 2014, according to the National Energy Administration (NEA) figures.
Non-coal-fired power generating units could satisfy all new power demand of the country after 2020. Besides, coal consumption may see negative growth at major air-polluted areas, and clean utilization of coal will be further promoted, the senior official Jiang Xinmin said.
Meanwhile, China's natural gas consumption is planned to reach 350 billion cubic meters in 2020.
China would also see its non-fossil energy consumption accounts for 15% of the total primary energy consumption by 2020.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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