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Reports and Analysis |  |  Jul 2, 2024

MONTHLY CHINA ENERGY UPDATE | China to Achieve its 2030 Installed Clean Energy Target in July 2024

China will achieve its 1,200GW wind and solar installed capacity by 2030 target by end July 2024, six years ahead of schedule. 103.5GW of zero-emissions capacity was added during the first 5 months of CY2024, as thermal power additions declined by 45% y-o-y as the end of May CY2024 notwithstanding a still exceptionally strong +6.9% y-o-y YTD2024 increase in electricity demand. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Jun 21, 2024

OP ED | Warmer Ties Could Cool the Planet: Potential for Australia-China Green Energy Collaboration 

Australia and China’s improving diplomatic relationship, highlighted by recent high-level meetings and record trade, presents significant opportunities for green energy collaboration. With China facing overcapacity in solar panels, batteries, and electric vehicles, Australia stands to benefit from redirected Chinese investments. By leveraging its abundant renewable resources and enhancing critical mineral processing, Australia can become a more appealing supplier, particularly in the wake of global trade tensions. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Jun 7, 2024

OP ED | China’s Massive Investment into Cleantech R&D and Manufacturing is Catalysing the Global Energy Transition

10 years ago, President Xi Jinping delivered a speech outlining that developing a New Energy Vehicle (NEV) industry was the only way for China to become a global automobile manufacturing powerhouse. This speech marked the pivotal moment of China’s trajectory in developing its new energy industry. Fast forward a decade, through strategic industry and energy policy, and a core focus on research and development (R&D), China has become the largest NEV manufacturer in the world, and in 2023, overtook Japan as the world’s largest auto exporter. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  May 29, 2024

MONTHLY CHINA ENERGY UPDATE | New Solar Deployment Accelerates amid CO2 Emissions Slowdown

During the first 4 months of CY2024, China added 79.7GW of zero-emissions new capacity, accounting for 90% of the net capacity additions. China added 76.9GW of wind and solar capacity from January to April, if this pace sustains or accelerates in the rest of the year, China will achieve its 1,200GW of installed wind and solar capacity by 2030 target this year, 6 years ahead of time. In March, China saw its CO2 emissions fall for the first time in the past 14 months. China’s thermal power generation increased 5.9% y-o-y during the first 4 months of CY2024, despite the massive expansion in renewable energy deployment. Biden’s 100% tariff on Chinese EVs might not be as effective as Chinese EV makers remain price-competitive even after the add-on tariffs, but Chinese EV leaders will renew their focus on other key markets like Brazil and Indonesia. The US’s 50% tariff on solar products hurts American consumers and slows down its national renewable energy development. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  May 10, 2024

MONTHLY CHINA ENERGY UPDATE | China to Meet its Climate Target 6 Years Early and Robust Market Outlook

During the first quarter of 2024 (1QCY2024), China added 69.4GW of new electricity capacity to the grid, with 91% of it being renewable energy. China is projected to exceed its 2030 target for installed solar and wind capacity six years early. The electricity generation mix shows a rising contribution from zero-emissions sources, with wind power surpassing hydropower for the first time. In the EV market, China remains the world’s largest, with nearly 1.9 million electric cars sold in 1QCY2024. Additionally, China’s solar manufacturing industry faces challenges due to overcapacity, although major players like Jinko Solar remain financially strong even as gross margins contract as solar module prices are now down 50% y-o-y. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Apr 30, 2024

REPORT | POWER SHIFT: Staggering rise of renewables positions China to end new coal power before 2030

Based on extensive modelling of China’s electricity market, CEF’S new report forecasts that thanks to China’s staggering surge in renewable energy generation, coal power generation will peak well before 2030, then plateau and decline. On the basis of China’s electricity decarbonisation progress to date, the report finds that it is entirely feasible for China to dramatically slow the rate of its new coal power plant buildout and cease the construction of new plants before 2030. This has profound significance for global decarbonisation. China is currently responsible for 96% of the world’s new coal power under construction. Read more

Reports and Analysis |  |  Feb 1, 2024

REPORT | CEF’s activities and impacts report July-Dec 2023

A full overview of our work and impacts across our program areas for the 6 months July-Dec 2023 Read more


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