China bets on renewable energy



China, the country that generates the largest volume of carbon dioxide (CO2), emphasized its commitment to renewables and other technologies to improve energy efficiency and the substitution of fossil fuels.

Its Energy Minister, Zhang Jianhua, explained that its renewable plan is the largest in the world, that last year these sources already accounted for 29% of electricity generation and that Beijing is willing to work in greater international coordination, in particularly in technological matters.

One of the discordant voices was that of the Minister of Electricity and Renewables of India, Raj Kumar Singh, who wanted to act as a spokesman for developing countries, on which he said that they cannot be expected to meet the carbon neutrality objective, when their main urgency is to generalize access to basic services.

The Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, replied that it is possible to carry out the industrialization that these countries want without increasing their carbon footprint because, although it may seem more expensive in the short term, it pays off in the long run.

In 2020, due to the recession due to the Covid crisis, CO2 emissions had a historical fall of 5.8%, but in December, with the economic recovery, these emissions were 2% higher than those of the same month of 2019.

Without immediate corrections, the International Energy Agency fears new spikes in greenhouse gases.

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