China aims to cut energy consumption per unit of GDP, a gauge of how much energy is used in economic growth, by around 3% in 2021 in a bid to further its green drive, Premier Li Keqiang said in his governmental work report on March 5.
China is committed to peaking the carbon emissions by 2030 and achieving "carbon neutrality" by 2060. Li noted an action plan to meet the 2030 target will be drawn up this year
The Premier said China will further roll out the green development in sync with economic growth during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25). During the period, China aims to significantly lower energy consumption per unit of GDP by 13.5% and carbon dioxide emissions by 18%, respectively.
Li promised to optimize the energy mix to ease the country's dependence on fossil fuels by "vigorously developing new energy", including nuclear power, but the country will proceed with coal power plants in a more clean and efficient way.
According to a document issued by the State Council last month, China will keep a firm grip on building new coal-fired power capacity in the plan period.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said in the Climate Ambition Summit in December last year that China will increase the total installed capacity of wind and solar energy to over 1,200 GW by 2030, which is about three times the size installed in 2019.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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