China aims for non-fossil fuels to make up 20% of energy use by 2025

Solar panels are seen at a floating solar plant in Huaibei
FILE PHOTO: Solar panels are seen at a floating solar plant in Huaibei, Anhui province, China April 24, 2018. China Daily via REUTERS

March 22, 2022

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is aiming for non-fossil fuels to account for around a fifth of its total energy consumption by 2025 and to strictly control coal consumption in heavy industry, as it strives to achieve its climate change goals while ensuring energy supply.

Such energy accounted for 16% of the total in 2020.

The country will maintain its annual crude oil output at 200 million tonnes and crank up annual natural gas production to more than 230 billion cubic metres by 2025, according to a statement from the state planner on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Muyu Xu and Chen Aizhu; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)