China bets on natural gas for clean transport
The Chinese government said October 27 that the use of natural gas in the transportation sector was one of its focal points in the energy transition.
The government issued a white paper titled Responding to Climate Change: China’s Policies and Actions, outlining measures it would take to green its economy.
“As the largest developing country in the world, China has adopted a number of policies, measures and actions to tackle climate change and take part in global climate governance, despite the difficulties this creates for its own economic and social development,” the paper said.
For emissions from the hard-to-abate transportation sector, Beijing said it would support a broader mix of resources and provide improved standards for green transportation.
Its white paper calls on the “expanded electrification of railways and promotes the use of natural gas vehicles and vessels, with improved electric charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure to facilitate the use of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and encourage anchored ships and parked civil aircraft to use shore power.”
China enjoys vast coal deposits of its own and accounts for about half of the world’s coal consumption. President Xi Jinping has made at least some overtures at ending its use, pledging to stop building new coal-fired power projects overseas.
Emphasising the need to diversify its own energy mix, the government said it was “promoting the substitution of coal and petroleum by electricity as end-use energy.”