China to set up renewable energy center: report

BEIJING Tue Feb 9, 2010 10:38pm EST

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to build a national renewable energy center to enhance the country's clean energy development, the China Daily reported, citing a government official.

The center, still at a preliminary planning stage, would be responsible for policymaking, key projects, program management, market operations and international coordination, said Han Wenke, director general of the Energy Research Institute under the National Development and Reform Commission, the country's top economic planning agency, the newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Renewable energy consumption accounted for 8.3 percent of the China's total in 2009. The country consumed a total of 3 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent in the year, more than 90 percent of which was derived from traditional fossil fuels, with more than 70 percent from coal.

China wants renewable energy sources to make up 15 percent of total power generation by 2020, up from about 9 percent currently. It also aims to reduce carbon intensity, or the amount of carbon produced per unit of GDP, by between 40 and 45 percent by 2020 compared with 2005.

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