China powers ahead with renewables, Carbon reduction

BEIJING: China has been making huge strides in shifting from its dependence on coal to renewables for power generation, a boon to achieving the country’s “dual carbon” goals and tackling the global climate change.
China’s renewable energy power generation reached 2.7 trillion kWh in 2022, accounting for 31.6 percent of the country’s total electricity consumption, an increase of 1.7 percentage points compared with 2021, the latest data from the National Energy Administration (NEA) shows. “Renewable energy is playing an increasingly prominent role in ensuring the country’s energy supply,” said NEA official Wang Dapeng. China saw its newly installed capacity of renewable energy reach 152 million kilowatts in 2022, accounting for 76.2 percent of the country’s newly installed power generation capacity.
The steady growth of renewables was accompanied by accelerated investments in infrastructure projects. China saw several landmark energy projects completed in 2022, including the full operation of the Baihetan hydropower station, the country’s second largest.
China’s renewable energy resources continue to lead the world, and the focus of the global new energy industry is gravitating toward China, Wang Dapeng said.
China-made photovoltaic modules, wind turbines, gear boxes and other key components accounted for 70 percent of the global market share last year, according to data from the NEA.
The accelerated development of China’s renewable industry is a concrete step in the country’s efforts to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.
In 2022, China’s renewable energy generation was equivalent to a reduction of 2.26 billion tonnes of domestic carbon dioxide emissions. Its exports of wind power and photovoltaic products helped other countries reduce emissions by approximately 573 million tonnes. –Agencies