China's increase in renewable energy is on course to surpass the European Union, the United States and Japan combined, says the International Energy Agency.
In its annual World Energy Outlook released Tuesday, the IEA said China will be the strongest driver in the worldwide trend in which renewable energy is expected to account for almost half of the increase in global power generation by 2035.
China's 12th five-year plan, covering 2011-2015, calls for 30 percent of electricity to come from non-fossil fuels by 2015, up from 5 percent in 2001. By 2015, China also aims to cut its energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product by 16 percent and CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 17 percent.
China is currently the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
Fatih Birol, the IEA's chief economist, said in an interview with China Daily, "The good news for China playing an active role in developing renewable energy is that it will help decarbonize the global energy system."