30 kinesiska provinser publicerar ambitiösa planer för fri energi

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Enligt klimatanalytiker kommer Kina nå målen för fri energi fem år tidigare än beräknat. Trettio av landets trettiofyra provinser har tillkännagivit sina delprogram i femårsplanen och de visar mer ambitiösa mål än tidigare.

While China has not set its national-level targets under the 2021-2025 plan, a National Energy Administration (NEA) report last week suggests the central government is accelerating its efforts this year to add more renewable sources to its future energy mix.

South China Morning Post: China seen accelerating wind, solar power installation under 5-year plan, reaching 2030 renewable target ahead of time

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The provinces are set to install more than 300 gigawatt (GW) of wind power and 550GW of solar power under the plan, taking their combined capacity for both sources to 1,500GW by the end of the period, according to Jin Boyang, a senior analyst at data provider Refinitiv. That would surpass Beijing’s goal of 1,200GW by 2030.

The combined capacity of 920GW from wind and solar power in 2023 would represent more than 70 per cent of China’s 2030 goal.

South China Morning Post: China seen accelerating wind, solar power installation under 5-year plan, reaching 2030 renewable target ahead of time

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“There’s a chance that China might increase its renewable target for 2030 by the end of 2025, if not sooner,” given the expected pace of installation, said Jin.

South China Morning Post: China seen accelerating wind, solar power installation under 5-year plan, reaching 2030 renewable target ahead of time

Eftersom Kina är världens överlägset största utsläppare är det avgörande för klimatkrisens utveckling hur fort landet frigör sig från kol, olja och gas.

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Challenges remain around grid connectivity and storage, especially for large-scale projects in more remote provinces. Another hurdle is increasing the share of renewable energy in the total electricity generation as China is still admitting new coal power plants into the mix, said Belinda Schäpe, climate diplomacy researcher at E3G, a climate change think tank.

South China Morning Post: China seen accelerating wind, solar power installation under 5-year plan, reaching 2030 renewable target ahead of time

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