China sets new targets for energy production

China has said it would raise its annual total energy production capacity to more than 4.6 billion metric tons of standard coal by 2025, with its annual crude production gradually rising to around 200 million tons and an annual natural gas output exceeding 230 billion cubic meters.

According to the modern energy system plan under the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) released by the National Development and Reform Commission and the National Energy Administration, China’s share of non-fossil energy consumption is to rise to around 20 percent by 2025 and the proportion of non-fossil power generation will be around 39 percent by then, China Daily said.

China will also gradually develop high-quality, large-scale solar and wind power, giving priority to local development and utilization while speeding up the construction of decentralized wind power and distributed photovoltaic in load centers and surrounding areas, it quoted the plan as saying.

The government will encourage construction of coastal nuclear power projects with an emphasis on security, it said, adding that installed capacity for nuclear power plants in operation will reach 70 million kilowatts by 2025.

According to the NDRC, the proportion of non-fossil energy in the nation’s total energy consumption had risen from 12 percent in 2016-the starting year of the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20)-to 15.9 percent by the end of 2020.

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