China renewable energy drive

The United Nations has launched a five year, $25.83m project to promote the use of renewable technologies in China. The project has been set up in conjunction with China`s State Economic and Trade Commission, and is designed to help reduce the use of fossil fuels in the country.

The UN Development Programme has a $8.8m stake in the project, while China is to invest $11.5m. Australia and the Netherlands will also contribute funds to the project. A total of five pilot projects will be established under the Chinese programme.

• Nordex Balcke-Dürr has signed a contract to supply 38 wind turbines to a wind power project in China.