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China dominates the clean energy race

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Washington D.C., United States — ESI-AFRICA-COM — 02 November 2010 – China is emerging from the global recession even more dominant in clean energy, and with greater ambitions than ever to be the world leader in this sector.

A new report from the Worldwatch Institute published here says that, using a combination of technological advances, aggressive policies, and a strong financial position, China’s growth in renewable energy has far outstripped that of most developed or developing nations.

The report contains a comprehensive review of China’s progress in clean energy to date, as well as its plans for future growth through 2020 and recommendations for how to improve.

“Governments and industries around the world are now struggling to keep pace with China,” said Worldwatch president Christopher Flavin. “China is succeeding precisely where the United States is failing – in implementing the ambitious policies and making the sustained investment that is needed to spur growth in clean energy. If China keeps on at its current pace, it will be the undisputed global leader in clean energy within the next two years,” he predicted.

“We think this report will bring an improved understanding among non-Chinese decision-makers about the problems and opportunities China faces in the energy field,” said Li Junfeng, programme regional director for East Asia and secretary general of the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association, “It also has enhanced the capacity of China’s own energy efficiency and renewable energy experts to advise the country’s top energy decision-makers, he added.”

In 2009, China surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest market for wind power, housing nearly one-third of the total installed capacity. The country’s newly added wind power capacity has doubled every year for the past four years.

China’s installed solar water heating capacity alone accounts for 80% of global installations. It is the world’s leading manufacturer of solar water heaters, with domestic production capacity topping 40 million square meters in 2009. Chinese manufacturers now have a remarkable 90% of the global market for these products.

The country’s small hydropower capacity is roughly equal to the small hydro installed capacity in the rest of the world combined.