China to expand clean energy consumption

As China’s economy shifts, its energy consumption is becoming greener, led by growth of natural gas and non-fossil fuels.

Energy consumption in China is expected to expand about 3 percent yearly in the next five years, down from an average of 4.3 percent from 2010 to 2014.

And that growth, according to a Chinese energy official, will be led by cleaner energy such as natural gas and non-fossil fuels instead of coal.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)ZHANG YUQING, Deputy director, National Energy Admin.:
“In a world of globalization, energy consumption in different nations is interlinked, and only through collaboration can countries overcome problems that affect us all. China is willing to cooperate with other countries to develop clean energy.”

Consumption of natural gas accounted for 5.7 percent of total primary energy use last year, and the country is aiming for 10 percent by 2020.

To meet the target, demand for energy is shifting from heavy chemical industries to service and technology, with new energy cars and smart power grids driving consumption.

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