China is making news with its ambitious renewable energy targets and other growing initiatives aimed at curbing carbon emissions. China was previously notorious for being one of the biggest polluters of greenhouse gas emission in the world. However, this scene is undergoing a dynamic shift as figures are showing that China’s capacity for renewables is rapidly expanding.
The growing production of renewable energy in China has now impacted the use of coal in the country. Earlier Chinese industries relied heavily on the coal power. Many countries in China were dependent on coal for energy, but with the growing amount of power generated by renewable energies such as solar and wind, the dependence on coal is declining. Last year, the use of coal in the nation declined and it is expected to decline in the coming few years it seems.
However, the United States coal lobby says that any decrease in American carbon pollution will be absorbed by more carbon dioxide from China. Nevertheless, after several decades of explosive growth in China, the coal use has gone down by as much as 3.5 per cent in the previous year.
According to a representative from the Sierra Club’s international climate and energy program, some of this decline in coal use in China is due to the slowing of the economy. The representative further stated that international observers are shocked by how quickly and how totally China is putting efforts that is changing its place in the energy sector. This is a real change and the use of coal in the nation has dropped in the last year, which is huge as nobody could have imagined this happening.
China certainly has the means to change its energy footprint as it has a powerful manufacturing industry, and now with its rising efforts in the global renewable energy industry, it seems that China has the motive too.