China issues circular on building a green, low-carbon economic system


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The State Council, the Chinese cabinet, issued a circular on Monday calling for the establishment of a strong economic system characterized by green and low-carbon development, aimed at achieving nationally determined contribution targets. , so that CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2060.

As a short-term objective, production, circulation and consumption systems characterized by green and low-carbon development should have taken shape by 2025 and the industrial structure, energy structure and transport structure will have been significantly optimized. with a greater proportion of green industries, read the circular.

For a longer-term goal, by 2035, the scale of green industry is expected to reach a new level, the energy use efficiency of key industries and key products is expected to reach the international advanced level, and green production and lifestyles will be widely seen. The ecological environment will have fundamentally improved and the goal of building a beautiful China will have practically been achieved.

The need for renewable energies – including wind power, photovoltaic power, hydropower, geothermal power, ocean power, biomass power and solar thermal power – was also highlighted. .

International cooperation on green standards should be strengthened, and China will lead and actively participate in formulating relevant international standards to promote conformity assessment cooperation and mutual recognition mechanisms, according to the circular.

Cooperation on a green Belt and Road initiative should be deepened and extended, involving equipment and technical services in the fields of energy conservation, environmental protection and clean energy .

In 2019, clean energy (natural gas, hydropower, nuclear power and wind power) accounted for 23.4% of China’s total energy consumption, up 8.9 percentage points from 2012, according to preliminary calculations .

“China has reached the target of increasing the share of non-fossil energy to 15% in total energy consumption by 2020,” says white paper “Energy in China’s New Era. “, published in December.

As the world’s largest producer and consumer of energy, China has worked on all fronts to reform energy consumption patterns, to build a clean and diversified energy supply system, to implement a strategy energy-driven innovation, to advance energy system reform, and to strengthen international energy cooperation.

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