China makes steady progress in adoption of clean energy

chinadaily.com.cn Environmental Protection 2019-12-06 13:25:57

Construction of new coal-fired power plants across the world fell to their lowest level in a decade in 2018, with China accounting for nearly two-thirds of the fall, a new report said.


After peaking at 84 gigawatts of new capacity in 2015, coal project completions plummeted to 39 GW in 2018, demonstrating the steady progress in energy transition, said the report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, or BNEF, a wholly owned unit of Bloomberg.


The report said that despite the spike in coal-fired generation, the pace of new coal capacity added to the grids in developing nations is slowing.


Zhao Changwen, director-general of the Department of Industrial Economy at the State Council's Development Research Center, said that energy transition is a medium-to long-term mission, and the fundamental driving force is technological progress.


China has been accelerating its clean energy shift by optimizing and improving its energy mix. Data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed that in the early years, raw coal accounted for 96.3% of total energy production while other types of crude oil accounted for 0.7%, and hydropower for 3%.


Over the past 70 years, the share of raw coal output has continued to decline, falling to 69.3% in 2018. The share of crude oil output steadily increased to 24.8% in 1976, and then gradually declined to 7.2% in 2018.


The proportion of natural gas output increased from 0.1% in 1957 to 5.5% in 2018. The proportion of primary electricity and other clean energy output surged from 3% in 1949 to 18% in 2018, according to the NBS.


Since the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-10) period, with deepening energy reforms, energy consumption has been further controlled. Data from the NBS showed that from 2005 to 2018, the average annual growth of total energy consumption was 4.5%, 1.5 percentage points lower than the level between 1980 and 2005.


The growth rate of coal, petroleum and other traditional energy consumption slowed down. From 2005 to 2018, coal consumption grew at an average annual rate of 3.7%, and the average annual growth rate dropped by 2 percentage points from 1980 to 2005.


Xu Bin, a professor at China University of Petroleum, said that China's energy transition has been progressing steadily, thanks to technological advancement and the transformation of energy utilization.


He noted that in the next step, China should continue the transformation from resource-driven to innovation-driven. "The country should accelerate the improvement of independent innovation capabilities and industry technology standard leadership capabilities, and make innovation the driving force for development, in order to reduce renewable energy investment and operation and maintenance costs. It is necessary to do extensive research and forge important breakthroughs in core technologies."



(Writing by Tian Zhang  Editing by Tammy Yang)
For any questions, please contact us by inquiry@fwenergy.com or +86-351-7219322.

Share this article
Connect with us

Editors Recommendations

1 China' daily crude steel output falls 2.68% in early Feb amid virus 2020-02-17

Daily crude steel output at China's key steel mills fell by 2.68% from ten days ago to 1.94 million tonnes in early February, according to data from the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA).

2 China's import thermal coal outlook clouded by recovering supply 2020-02-17

China's import thermal coal market outlook was clouded by quickened resumption of domestic coal production, which could dent buying demand for overseas coal while vessels from China face 14-day quaran

3 Coal mines speeding up to reopen, virus impacts on supply abates, NEA 2020-02-17

A quick comeback of coal mines has been seen last week from suspension amid the virus outbreak, according to sources with the National Energy Administration. Impacts by restrictions against the virus

4 Chinese thermal coal traders concerned about price drops on supply recovery 2020-02-17

Chinese thermal coal traders were concerned that prices of the fossil fuel may lose ground at northern transfer ports in the near term, with more coal mines restarting operation in key production area

5 China Coal Daily Track (Feb 17) 2020-02-17

Thermal coal Production area While many mines have restarted operations in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, most of them were still unable to reach normal production because returning workers are still i

6 Ordos brings 75 coal mines back into operation 2020-02-17

Production had been restarted at 75 coal mines in Ordos city, one leading coal hub in northern China's Inner Mongolia, as of February 13, with yearly capacity totaling 380 million tonnes, said the loc

7 Guangdong carbon market closes higher 2020-02-17

Carbon emissions allowances closed at 29.23 yuan/t ($4.19/t) on February 14, 2.53% up from a day earlier, at the China Emissions Exchange (Guangzhou), the largest local carbon market in China.

8 China iron ore futures hit bottom 2020-02-14

China's iron ore futures have hit the bottom and bearish sentiment arising from coronavirus outbreak seemed fading away, along with production resumption at downstream plants and construction sector.

9 China Coal Daily Track (Feb 14) 2020-02-14

Thermal coal Production area Yulin saw coal mines running at low operating rates, and a few large local miners that were operating mainly secured supply to their own firms. Coal supply remai

10 MEC halts coal exports to China after border shut 2020-02-14

Mongolia Energy Corporation (MEC) said it had to suspend coal exports to China until early next month, as the government had decided to close all border crossings with China to prevent the novel coron

Most Read Articles

1 Indonesian thermal coal solid on robust Chinese demand 2020-02-11

Indonesian thermal coal prices maintained an upward pace in the Chinese seaborne import market, as Chinese utilities released firm demand amid domestic supply woe caused by the ongoing coronavirus out

2 China's transport curbs add to thermal coal supply woes at N ports 2020-02-11

Transport curbs that were imposed by some provinces to avert virus spread are adding to thermal coal supply woes at northern China ports, raising upbeat prospects for further price rises in the follow

3 Chinese coal traders hunt for short-term buys amid virus disruption 2020-02-12

Chinese coal traders and small coal-fired utilities are scrambling to lock in supplies of fuel from miners, worried about the prospects of market tightness as downstream users return to work after an

4 China coking coal supply sinks amid mines' slow resumption 2020-02-11

Coking coal supply kept sinking in China's main production areas on February 10, due mainly to slow production resumption at many mines alongside nationwide efforts to ward off novel coronavirus.

5 China's spot thermal coal rallies to 4-mth high on undersupply 2020-02-13

Chinese spot thermal coal rallied to a four-month high on the back of long-standing undersupply at northern transfer ports, and the winning streak is likely to be sustained in the short term.

6 CHN Energy adjusts up Feb term contract coal prices, sources 2020-02-11

China's top coal producer CHN Energy, usually called Shenhua by Chinese coal industry insiders, increased its monthly contract thermal coal prices for February shipments, sources said. Th

7 Over half of China's coal mines resume production, top planner 2020-02-12

Production had been resumed at 57.8% of the coal mines in China as of February 10, according to a news briefing held by the country's top economic planner on February 11. Further recovery

8 Indonesia 2019 coal exports hit multi-yr high 2020-02-13

Indonesia exported 456 million tonnes of coal in 2019, hitting a new high at least since 2015, official data showed. The 2019 exports were up 6.43% compared with a year ago, according to

9 QHD port coal stocks slump to three-yr-plus trough on reduced supply 2020-02-12

Qinhuangdao port, a leading coal transfer hub in North China, saw coal stockpiles plummet to a three-year-plus low in early February amid China's coronavirus-interrupted coal supply. Inve

10 Mongolia shuts freight through border crossings on coronavirus fears 2020-02-11

Mongolia on February 9 announced to temporarily shut down road freight via border crossings with China on fears of the novel coronavirus epidemic, Mongolian media reported. The movement c

Scan to download sxcoal.com mobile APP

X