China accounted for more than 40% of capacity growth in global renewable energy in 2016, which was a record year for worldwide clean energy additions, China Daily reported.
The International Energy Agency, a Paris-based policy advisory organization also known as the IEA, found that renewables accounted for almost two-thirds of new power capacity last year. For the first time, solar additions rose faster than any other fuel, including coal.
Last year, new solar capacity around the world grew by 50%, reaching more than 74 GW, with China accounting for almost half of that expansion, showed a report of the IEA. China is also the world market leader in hydropower, bioenergy for electricity and heat, and electric vehicles.
Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA, estimates that renewable capacity will grow by about 1,000 GW－or half the current global capacity in coal power－by 2022.
The IEA labeled China as the world's "undisputed renewable growth leader", driven by concerns about air pollution and capacity targets that were outlined in the country's 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20).
The IEA report said China represents half of global solar photovoltaic demand, and Chinese companies manufacture around 60% of the world's panels.
(Writing by Jessie Jia Editing by Harry Huo)
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