Wind in China Should Pick Up

Europe and America have already made strides in the wind power industry, and with some help, China will soon embrace the technology as well. A collaboration between Greenpeace, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association (CREIA) and the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) should help to ensure that wind power plays a key role in China’s energy future.

Beijing, China – September 17, 2004 [] This could be particularly important in terms of mitigating global climate change in light of the country’s rapidly expanding industrialization, a burgeoning population and the country’s predominant use of coal-fired power plants. “Soaring oil imports, wild fluctuations in international oil prices, the mounting costs of extreme weather events and heightened concern over energy security mean that China’s commitment to renewables at this time is crucial,” said Yu Jie of Greenpeace. “But this is not a problem for China alone, the whole world has a vested interest in helping China meet its development needs without further destabilizing the climate.” Greenpeace said the toll that climate changes could exact on China is truly frightening. Increased global temperatures threaten to significantly reduce the country’s rice production, and more than 60 percent of Chinese glaciers are anticipated to disappear by 2050, which would threaten the fresh water supply for more than 250 million Chinese. Renewable energy sources would help lessen the changes. The Chinese Government set a target to meet 12 percent of its power generation capacity from renewables by 2020, and wind should meet a significant share of this new capacity. In May 2004, the three groups launched the report ‘Wind Force 12 – China’, an industry scenario which showed that by 2020 China is capable of installing 170 GW of wind power, delivering annual savings of 325 million tons of CO2 and creating local jobs. The report further showed how to create a massive industrial manufacturing capacity for wind turbines and outlined the policy frameworks necessary to unlock these opportunities with a combination of public, private and citizen inputs.
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