Volunteers of the Institution Energy-saving Week send out recyclable shopping bags to the public in Hohhot, capital of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, June 12, 2010. The 2010 Inner Mongolia Institution Energy-saving Week was launched on Saturday. In the following week, institutions in Inner Mongolia will advocate green office and low-carbon life with a series of activities like promoting green traffic, boycotting excessive packaging and experiencing energy-lack life. (Xinhua/li yunping)
BEIJING, July 20 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese energy official Tuesday rejected a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) saying China surpassed the United States last year to become the world's largest energy consumer.
"The IEA's data on China's energy use is unreliable," Zhou Xi'an, an official with the National Energy Administration (NEA), said at a press conference.
According to the IEA, China consumed the equivalent of 2.252 billion tonnes of oil in 2009, 0.4 percent more than the 2.17 billion tonnes used in the United States.
However, China's National Bureau of Statistics said in a report in February that China's energy consumption last year stood at the equivalent of 3.1 billion tonnes of standard coal, which was equal to 2.132 billion tonnes of oil.
An NEA official who declined to be named told Xinhua on the sidelines of the press conference that the IEA and China's statistical authority collected data from different sources, which led to the different results. He did not elaborate.
Zhou Xi'an noted the IEA still lacked understanding about China's relentless efforts to cut energy use and emissions, notably the country's aggressive expansion of new energy development.