In 2008, the top carbon dioxide (CO2) emitter in the world was China.
In 2013, China’s growth in oil consumption accounted for one-third of the world’s oil consumption growth.
In 2014, China surpassed the United States as the world’s largest oil importer.
You get it – China is known as the world’s largest user and producer of coal, and the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
But lately things have changed and as almost 200 governments met in Peru in December for a first draft of a global deal to cut emissions, guess which country was looked at for inspiration? China!
According to World Energy Outlook, China will add more electricity generation capacity from renewable sources by 2035 than the US, Europe, and Japan combined.
By 2013 China’s WWS sources (water, wind and solar) accounted for more than 30% of capacity and in the same year it surpassed Germany to lead the world in new solar power installations. If the world is to stop climate change, global economies need to embrace renewable energy.
A technological revolution that will result in huge gains in efficiency and new applications for renewable energy has already begun in China and in 2013 China was the world’s top investor in renewable energy.
To us at Cleanergy this is great news. Partly because we have been established in China since 2011, but mostly because we love it when countries are up for the challenge.