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Solar and wind 'too small' to limit China’s emissions, reduce coal use instead: experts

Jovi Ho
Jovi Ho1/6/2022 4:54 PM GMT+08  • 4 min read
Solar and wind 'too small' to limit China’s emissions, reduce coal use instead: experts
Global efforts to decarbonise need China’s participation, but China’s success depends on the development of renewable energies.
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China’s pledge to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2060 cannot be solved by simply focusing on lifting the renewable share of electricity supply, says Prof Lin Boqiang, director of the China Energy Policy Research Institute.

“Solar and wind are simply too small,” adds Lin. According to him, simulations indicate coalfired power capacity may still represent around 60% of China’s total power capacities by 2030.

Lin is a consultative committee member of the National Energy Committee under the National Energy Commission. Speaking at Credit Suisse’s Asia Pacific ESG Conference 2021 on Oct 20, he thinks the main obstacle to achieving net zero emissions is coal.

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