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BEIJING, March 8 -- The development of new energy
forms should be an important strategy in tackling China's energy shortages and
pollution, and global climate change, the head of the National Energy
Administration said Saturday.
China needed to invest more in research and
development and production of new energy sources, or risk falling behind other
countries, said Zhang Guobao, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference.
In China, coal accounts for about 70 percent of total
energy consumption, compared with a world average of 30 percent.
The government has said it will promote clean
energies, such as nuclear, wind, and solar power, this year.
Over the past three years, energy consumption per
unit of GDP dropped by more than 10 percent, and sulfur dioxide emissions by
almost 9 percent.
China aims to cut energy consumption for every 10,000
yuan, or 1,300 U.S. dollars, of GDP by 20 percent by next year, with emissions
to drop 10 percent.
Xinhua News Agency correspondents reporting from