Premier Li Keqiang speaks at a meeting of the National Energy Commission in Beijing on Saturday. (Photo / Xinhua)
Prime Minister Says More Efficient Use of Coal, Greater Exploration for Oil and Gas Needed
Premier Li Keqiang called for coordinated efforts to increase the country’s energy supply capacity to provide strong support for the country’s modernization process.
He made the remark on Monday while chairing a meeting of the National Energy Commission in Beijing. Li is the director of the commission, which was established in 2010 for better coordination in formulating energy strategies and development planning, addressing energy security issues and coordinating major programs related to national energy development and cooperation. global.
The meeting participants, including Vice Premier Han Zheng, discussed reform and development in the energy sector. They also discussed a plan for the country’s modern energy system under the period of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) and implementation programs to achieve the peak carbon 2030 target.
Noting that energy is important for overall socio-economic development, Li said that China has made marked progress and achievements in energy development during the period of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), but qu ‘she was always facing new challenges in new circumstances.
Efforts should be based on the reality that the country is at a new stage of development, has a new development philosophy, and strives to foster a new development paradigm to advance high-quality growth.
While stressing the need to take into consideration national conditions, Li called for efforts to readjust the economic structure while stabilizing growth, intensifying market-oriented reforms in the energy sector and promoting transformation. sector towards green and low-carbon development.
China remains a developing country and its energy demand will continue to increase with the development of industrialization and urbanization, Li said, and it must ensure that it has a secure energy supply. . Efforts should be made to foster a modern energy system and increase the capacity of self-sustaining energy supply, he added.
Li called for improvements in the efficiency of coal use, additional efforts in gas and oil exploration, and strengthening of energy technology research.
Peak carbon and neutrality are required by the country’s economic transformation and modernization as well as international efforts to address climate change, Li said. Achieving carbon targets requires long-term efforts and tireless, he said.
Li said the timeline and roadmap for reaching the peak carbon target should be undertaken in a scientific manner.
A “one-size-fits-all” approach to stopping energy-consuming projects or “countryside-style” carbon reduction, which has been found in some areas, must be rejected, Li said. Steps must be taken to ensure that people in the areas in northern China have a secure power supply to keep warm during the winter, he said.