China tops in renewable energy output

SHANGHAI, 11 July 2017: 

China surpassed the US as the top producer of renewable energy in 2016, according to the latest BP Statistical Review of World Energy released yesterday.

Renewable power, excluding hydro power, in the world grew by 14.1% in 2016 – the biggest increment on record, the report said.

Although the share of renewable power within primary energy was just 4%, its strong growth meant it accounted for one-third of the increase in primary energy, the report indicated.

China continued to dominate renewables growth, contributing about 40% of global growth – more than the entire OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) – and surpassed the US as the largest producer of renewable power last year, said Spencer Dale, BP’s chief economist.

China also provided the main source of world growth for both hydro and nuclear power.

Global hydro power rose 2.8% in 2016 from a year ago, with more than 40% of growth from China.

In the meantime, global nuclear power went up by 1.3%, or 9.3 million tonnes of oil equivalent, with China contributing almost all the growth.

Carbon emissions were essentially flat over the past three years, Dale said, with China again the key player.

The BP data showed carbon emissions in the world rose slightly by 0.1% in 2016, while in China, the emissions fell 0.7% from a year ago.

“China’s carbon emissions are estimated to have actually fallen over the past two years, after growing by more than 75% in the previous 10 years, and some of the improvements reflects structural factors that are likely to persist,” Dale said.

– Bernama

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