National global warming strategy published

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In Beijing last month, China formally unveiled its national program to combat global warming. Most of the targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions had been previously announced, however, including its 30,000 MW by 2020 wind goal. China continues to reject mandatory caps on emissions as unfair to developing countries. "China is a developing country. Although we are not committed to quantified emissions reduction, it does not mean we do not want to shoulder our share of responsibilities," says Ma Kai, the minister-level director of the National Development and Reform Commission. By 2010 China hopes to slash its overall energy intensity 20% on 2005's level, while the share of renewables in its energy supply will increase from 7% today to 10% in 2010, and 16% in 2020. The 62 page plan by the NDRC mentions wind power on several occasions, citing it as one of the key areas the government is pursuing. The government will "actively help the development and exploitation of wind, solar, geothermal and oceanic energies," the report says. For wind power this help will be "through large scale wind farm development, to promote advancement of technology and development of the industry, to realize localisation of equipment production to reduce cost by a big margin in an attempt to make wind power a competitive energy source on the market as early as possible."

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