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China aims for 33% of electricity generated from renewables by 2025

2 Jun 2022

China aims to reach 33% of electricity generated from renewable sources by 2025, against 28.8% in 2020, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)’s new “five-year-plan” for the renewable sector. The country’s total renewable consumption is also set to reach 1 Gtce, or 20% of China’s total energy use, by 2025 (against 15.4% in 2020). China has also pledged to double its wind and solar capacity to 1,200 GW by 2030.  The NDRC expects renewables to account for more than 50% of new energy consumption growth during the 2021-2025 period, but China still plans to build more fossil fuel-fired plants over the period, as the country currently prioritises energy security. Indeed, China plans to reach peak greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions before 2030 and start cutting coal consumption in 2026. However, it could commission up to 150 GW of new coal-fired power capacity into operation in the meantime. 

In 2021, China’s installed capacity for renewables surpassed 1,000 GW (with 391 GW for hydro, 328 GW for wind and 307 GW for solar) and power production from renewables reached 2,335 TWh.

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