Plans to Revised Energy Use Released by State Council
The State Council released its plans for energy use with a commitment to cap annual coal consumption at 4.2 billion tons in seven years which is up from 3.61 billion tons last year. Based on a detailed action plan for the nation’s energy development the council also pledged to further boost exploration for its oil and natural gas, expand renewable energy sources and build more nuclear plants.
The action plans requires an annual growth in the energy consumption to be not more than 3.5 percent in the next six years. It also states that the share of non fossil fuels in the energy mix will be increased to 15 percent by 2020 compared to 9.8 percent last year. Commitments came as several authorities are faced with public calls to further curb air pollution that is largely caused by burning coals and to cut greenhouse gas emissions as well. The increase in smog changed the government view on the energy structure prompting them to release a new blueprint to ease and smooth out the transition between the 12th and 13th five year plans.
The new action seeks out five key tasks, focusing on the development of new and existing oilfields in the nine regions that are proven reserves especially in the northwestern, central and northeastern provinces and the fields in Bohai Gulf and in the South and East China seas. The plan also includes encouraging bids from foreign companies to tender for deep sea offshore projects, plus calls for more nuclear plants to be constructed along the eastern coastal area while studying the feasibility of inland nuclear plants as well.