—China is faced with significant challenges in the economic growth, energy consumption and environmental crisis, which severely restrict its sustainable development. Meanwhile the promotion of renewable energy is used to be regarded as the key solution to tackling those issues. However, it is not clear whether the RE generation really related with China’s sustainable development or not. Therefore, in this paper, we elaborated the current status and trends of renewable energy generation in China both from the installed capacity and generation by sources. Then, based on a correlation analysis, we found the development of renewable energy generation has a greater correlation with GDP growth while less related with fossil fuel electricity consumption decrease and CO2
emissions reduction. Accordingly, we considered that to improve energy efficacy of fossil fuel power will be more helpful for China’s sustainable development rather than promoting renewable energy generation in the short term. At last, some suggestions for China’s renewable energy generation and sustainable development were presented.
—Renewable energy, generation, GDP, CO2
emissions, sustainable development.
Qianyu Dong is with the Faculty of Environmental Engineering, The University of Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tohru Futawatari was with the Faculty of Environmental Engineering, The University of Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite:Qianyu Dong and Tohru Futawatari, "A Study for Renewable Energy Generation and Sustainable Development in China," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 191-195, 2015.