Du Xiangwan, chairman of China’s National Climate Change Expert Commission, said that China, the most coal-reliant country in the world, will face a few hard decades to raise its clean energy to 50% by 2050.
Among a diversified package of energy solutions, nuclear power will play a key role in the long term, which is expected to account for about 15% of China’s energy consumption by 2050.
"The country will face a critical transformation period in the next 20 to 40 years. China must explore multiple solutions in addressing its energy issues, given the vast size and population of the country," Du said.
China remains the largest coal consumer in the world, with more than 70% of its power coming from coal.
China.org.cn further quoted Du as saying, "It’s the country’s urgent inner demands to transfer to clean energies and we need economic growth, but at a high-quality level."