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Stifling China’s green energy boom would be a disaster

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🗞️ Driving the news: China’s green energy boom is at risk as the National Energy Agency (NEA) plans to reduce future buildout of renewable energy to just over 100GW annually, compared to the nearly 300GW installed in 2023
• This conservative approach could undermine significant recent progress in China's green energy sector

🔭 The context: The Biden administration's Inflation Reduction Act sparked concerns of a green industrial subsidy race, but the focus now is on China's pivotal role in global green energy investment
• Political shifts in Europe and the US could influence green policies, but China’s decisions in the next 12 months are crucial as it prepares new decarbonization commitments under the Paris climate accords

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: China is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and its investment in green technologies is essential for global climate stabilization
• Any slowdown in China's green energy transition could hinder global efforts to combat climate change, making it more challenging to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060

⏭️ What's next: The NEA cites the need for better coordination and pricing systems to support renewable energy growth
• The international community must encourage China to maintain its ambitious pace in green energy investments to avoid a potential disaster in climate action

💬 One quote: “If they were to stifle China’s world-changing green energy boom, it would be a disaster of historic proportions,” warns energy expert Lauri Myllyvirta

📈 One stat: China's solar and wind industry installed nearly 300GW of new capacity in 2023

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