China was leading producer of renewable energy in 2019

China was the world’s largest energy producer in 2019 with a total primary energy production of 3.97 billion tons of standard coal.

China was leading the world in its capacity of:

  • Hydropower – 356 million kilowatts
  • Wind power – 210 million kilowatts
  • Photovoltaic power – 204 million kilowatts,
  • Biomass power generation – 23.69 million kilowatts

The country’s nuclear power capacity under construction was 65.93 million kilowatts, making it the world’s second largest nuclear power producer behind the US.

At the end of 2019, it had built the world’s largest charging network with 1.2 million electric vehicle charging points across the country.

Sustainability is becoming a growing priority of the Chinese government and carbon emissions in 2019 had fallen by 48.1% compared to 2005. Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced that China aims to reach peak greenhouse gas emissions in less than 10 years (by 2030) and carbon neutrality by 2060

These figures are from “China’s Energy Development in the New Era” White Paper.

Read more: Considerable progress in China’s green development


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