China’s Solar Push

14 Feb


China has consistently been dubbed one of the world’s largest polluters of greenhouse gases. It is a perfect example of a highly developing economy that is being driven by primary industry and factories that emit large quantities of pollution. It came to light in the public view primarily before the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics when measures were put in place by the Chinese government, involving closing factories for periods of time, to reduce pollution and therefore increase the air quality so that the games could take place.

However, what isn’t known about China is that it is the largest provide of solar power in the world. It has recently announced goals involving the production of 14 gigawatts of energy and providing major incentives if this target is reached. If this goal is met, China will remain at the top of the solar-producing table which will provide much needed positive press regarding the environment. 

Moreover, it has been noted by Deutsche Bank Equity Research that precise targets for individual regions of China have been set with eastern provinces such as Shandong and Jiangsu being set goals of 1.2 gigawatts each. 

Overall, this aim is a fantastic prospect for China. Currently, as aforementioned, China is viewed as one of the major polluters of the world. However, although this is the case, pollution per person is actually incredibly low in China and is one of the reasons that when global environmental meetings are held, it demands that it should not be treated in the same category as countries such as America and the United States as it is in fact a very low polluter. Articles such as these continue to get very little press which results in the continued perception of China by the rest of the world as a poorly managed country when it comes to pollution; though this is clearly not the case. 


By Joss Woodhead



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