(Yicai Global) Dec. 29 -- The government is taking steps to reduce fossil energy consumption in a bid to ease air pollution. The proportion of coal used compared to total energy consumption should be lowered from 64 percent in 2015 to 60 percent in 2017, said Nur Bekri, director general of the Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA).
In 2017, total consumption of primary energy should remain at 4.4 billion tons of standard coal, whilst non-fossil energy consumption should increase to 14.3 percent and that of natural gas to 6.8 percent, Bekri said at a recent NEA meeting.
Natural gas is definitely the most promising, acceptable and realistic clean energy alternative to fossil fuel in China, and has relatively well-developed infrastructure facilities, said Guo Jiaofeng, an analyst at the Development Research Center of the State Council.
According to government plans, the proportion of non-fossil energy consumption will be raised to over 15 percent by 2020, whilst natural gas consumption will be increased to 10 percent.