Monday, February 15, 2010

China Getting Closer To Lead the "Green" Totem Pole

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.

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