On the occasion of the third session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Germany and China signed a bilateral agreement concerning the cooperation of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA) with respect to the promotion of renewable energy sources.
By working together politically on the integration of renewables, concerning environmental impact and by working together in pilot projects like the Chinese “new energy cities”, the partners intend to overcome China’s structural bottlenecks with regard to the expansion of renewable energies, BMU said.
Currently China generates 80% of its electricity from coal. In 2010 China committed to covering 15% of its primary energy consumption from renewable energy sources by 2020. Furthermore China decided in 2012 to increase solar capacity from 7 GW today to 21 GW in 2015 and 50 GW in 2020. Wind power capacity shall grow to 100 GW in 2015 and 200 GW in 2020. In addition there are also ambitious growth targets for solar thermal energy and biomass, BMU pointed out.