China made real progress in terms of energy usage and clean energy in 2016. Specifically, China’s energy use per unit of GDP fell 5 percent, as reported by China Daily. The statistic was first published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), and is considered a good start on the way to reducing energy use per unit of GDP by at least 15 percent by the year 2020.
Hydro power, wind power, and natural gas were responsible for 19.5 percent of China’s total energy use percentage last year, up from 17.9 percent in 2015. China’s goal is to reduce coal consumption to 58 percent or less by the year 2020, while its current proportion of coal usage is 64 percent. The push for efficient, clean energy is partially due to the destruction of the environment and is very wise since the country is already dealing with a massive air pollution problem, particularly in Beijing.
Furthermore, clean energy, which is more efficient and better for the environment, is going to be beneficial for China’s economy. The United States should be aware that the environment is at risk of destruction, contrary to the new administration’s claims that climate change is just a hoax. The environment is in danger unless we take steps to protect it. China recognizes the need for cleaner, more efficient uses of energy, and this strategy will lead to a better environment, better air quality, and a better quality of life for Chinese residents, not to mention people worldwide.