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2014 Energy Intensity Cut by 4.8% in China

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Published on : Jan 21, 2015

China’s State Council expressed on Tuesday that China achieved its 2014 energy efficiency target. The country has cut its energy intensity by around 4.8 percent from a year earlier to the current. China is putting in great efforts to reduce the pollution and effects of greenhouse gas emissions in our environment. 

After a 3.7 percent decline in energy intensity the government had aimed for a 3.9 percent cut in energy intensity in 2013. This was proposed in order to meet the target of cutting energy intensity to approximately 16 percent below the set 2010 levels by 2015. 

The energy intensity is normally calculated in order to meet the amount of energy required to increase the GDP. Typically, high levels of energy intensity are set to indicate a high cost in terms of converting the energy into GDP. 

China’s aim is to lower the measure of efficiency by depending less on the energy production, especially that powered by coal as it is causing heavy health problems in the country. China has also constructed the world’s largest emitter of climate altering greenhouse gases. 

The energy intensity drop in China came as soon as the country announced its GDP growth in the year 2014. The growth declined to 7.4 percent - lowest since 1990. 

Since 1998’s slowest growth rate the power output increased by 3.2 percent last year. 

According to the China Coal Industry Association, the coal consumption fell by 2.1 percent in the initial 11 months of 2014 as compared with the same period in 2013.

The National Energy Administration and the National Development and Reform Commission said last month that China reported a decline in the power sector investment last year. This included a 6.3 percent in thermal power, 21.5 percent in hydro, and 13.8 percent in nuclear.

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