Guangdong to Increase Use in Clean Energy to Cut Down Use of Coal and Oil
Guangdong province has released plans to invest in natural gas and clean energy to further cut down on the use of coal and oil. The decision to shift to the use of new energy is part of their bid to slow down rampant growth in greenhouse gas emissions.
Guangdong whose GDP is estimated to have surpassed US$ 1 trillion in 2012 I planning to cut coal and oil share of their energy mix down to 60 percent in 2015 compared to 73 percent in 2010. The plan includes reducing their dependency on coal and oil as the key to reaching their goal of cutting carbon emission per unit of GDP down by 19 percent for m the 2010 levels. Large investments in cleaner energy sources is needed since there are little room left in eliminating outdated capacity in the steel, iron, cement and small coal fired plants. This is previously a favorite for Chinese officials to cut pollution.
Guangdong greenhouse gas emission increase by a third from 2005 to 2010 in which emission in 2010 was at 580 million tons of carbon dioxide. To further meet this goal, Guangdong will be doubling its natural gas share by 13 percent in 2015. Other fuel sources includes renewable energy, electricity and nuclear power that is imported from provinces is expected to rise by at least 26 percent by 2015.