China Aims for 20% Non-Fossil Fuel Energy Sources by 2025

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Beijing has unveiled plans to accelerate the creation of a green energy system in China, amidst efforts to reduce the country’s carbon emissions levels.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the National Energy Administration (NEA) have just released the “14th Five Year Plan Modern Energy System Plan” (“十四五”现代能源体系规划), to outline energy development policy during the period from 2021 to 2025.

The Plan sets the targets of China deriving around 20% of its energy consumption from non-fossil fuel sources by 2025, and achieving comprehensive national energy output of more than 4.6 billion tons of standard coal equivalent that year.

It also sets the target of the “basic creation of a modern energy system” by 2035, making extensive use of digital technology and smart technology to achieve efficiency upgrades.

The 14th Five Year Plan running from 2021 to 2025 is viewed as a key period for China moving to achieve peak carbon, as well as for the development of green, low-carbon forms of energy.

In 2020 the Chinese central government unveiled the carbon mitigation targets of achieving peak carbon by 2030, and carbon neutrality by 2060.

The Chinese central bank subsequently launched a campaign to drive the growth of green lending in China at the start of 2021.