Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of the National Energy Committee, chairs a meeting of the National Energy Committee in Beijing, capital of China. China, October 9 January 2021. Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Chairman of the National Energy Committee, attended the meeting. (Xinhua / Ding Haitao)
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang emphasized ensuring stable energy supply and energy security and strengthening support for green development.
Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and head of the National Energy Committee, said at a meeting on Saturday that the country should balance development and reduction of carbon emissions, deepen market-based reform in the energy sector; and promote green transformation, according to a press release on Monday.
Energy security depends on development security and national security, Li noted, stressing the need for the country to build a modern energy system on the principle of ensuring security and striving to improve the independent energy supply capacity.
China’s goal of peaking carbon emissions and achieving carbon neutrality meets the demands of the country’s economic transformation and modernization as well as the need to jointly tackle climate change, said the Prime Minister.
Li called for efforts to ensure the stability of industrial and supply chains and sustained and steady economic development. These efforts should take place in the context of promoting the clean use of coal, increasing the proportions of clean energy in total energy consumption and improving the capacity for green development.
Li also highlighted the efforts to strengthen research and development in advanced green and low-carbon technologies, improve the intelligence level of the power grid, and rely on market mechanisms to promote saving energy, reducing emissions and reducing carbon emissions.