In recent years, there have been more and more news reports suggesting that China is asserting itself on the world, and this coverage more often than not shines a negative light on the Middle Kingdom. But given the recent news that China intends to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on renewable energy in the next three years, even its harshest critics might want to reconsider their stance on a country that is doing more than any other to ensure that our planet will be sustainable for many more years to come.
Indeed, as reported in Xinhua, according to Fatih Birol, Executive Director at the International Energy Agency (IEA), China has become the world champion of renewable energies, which include solar energy, nuclear energy, and hydropower. Specifically, the nation is making great use of its hydro, wind, and solar resources, and is now an exporter of renewable energy technologies, says Birol. According to the director, one area of focus for China has been nuclear power, as today almost half of the nuclear power plants in the world are located in China.
While cynics might say that the Chinese government is taking these steps mainly to combat pollution in its cities, avoid civil unrest, and tighten its grip on power, the fact of the matter is that making such moves to develop and export renewable energy technologies will not only help the country clean up its air. It will also help create jobs, stimulate innovation within its companies, and make a big contribution to the rest of the world by helping other countries provide clean energy to their citizens. It appears that China’s dedication to powering renewable energy technologies, as well as its amiable approach to trading with other nations, among other developments over the years, are helping to shift global popular opinion favorably toward the country.
After all, who would have thought even a decade ago that China would become a source of inspiration for the rest of the world in terms of renewable energy?