BEIJING (AFP) –reiterated Wednesday its long-term dependence on coal for energy, but pledged to step up efforts to burn the fuel more cleanly to reduce its impact on global warming.
In its first white paper on energy, the Chinese government also vowed to develop sustainable energy industries, and said its booming demand for fuel would not pose a threat to world energy security.
“China did not, does not and will not pose any threat to the world’s energy security,” said the non-binding position paper issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet.
Amid global concerns that future Chinese demand for resources could lead to supply and price pressures, the nation said….
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China vows to develop clean energies
BEIJING –promised Wednesday to develop renewable energy for its fast-growing economy but warned that coal consumption will grow dramatically and avoided embracing binding limits on its greenhouse gas emissions.
In a report on its energy plans, the government announced no new initiatives but said it wants to curb reliance on oil and gas to drive an economy that is the world’s second-biggest energy consumer after the United States.
“China gives top priority to developing renewable energy,” said the 44-page report released by the Cabinet’s press office.
The report saidwill promote hydroelectric, nuclear, solar and wind energy, as well natural gas extracted from garbage dumps and coal mines