Liu Tienan, head of China’s National Energy Administration, said that the country should give higher priority to controlling total energy consumption as it faces strains on supply amid fast development.
He said: “Energy security is our permanent concern as our country’s natural resources are inadequate.”
“China undergoes rapid industrialization and urbanization, its total consumption of energy will continue to rise, and China should make plans for energy development and increase supply facilities in advance. China’s population, natural resources, environment and the need for sustainable development do not allow wanton consumption of energy resources,” Liu added.
In 2010, China’s total energy use accounted for 20 per cent of the world’s total, but its GDP was less than 10 per cent of the world.
Lui said that these figures indicate that China still “lags behind in industrial structure, innovation, and economic quality” and called for “urgent transformation from the economy”.
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