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China’s 2017 total energy consumption up around 2.9 pct y/y -stats bureau

China’s 2017 total energy consumption was up around 2.9 percent compare to a year ago, said the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in a statement on Friday.

Coal portion of total energy consumption fell around 1.7 percent in 2017, while clean energy, including natural gas, hydropower, nuclear power and wind power, rose around 1.5 percent from 2016.

The country’s energy consumption per unit of GDP was down around 3.7 percent, beating its annual target of a 3.4 percent drop, said the NBS.

The statistics bureau did not provide an outright figure for 2017 consumption, but in 2016, China consumed a total of 4.36 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent.

China’s state planner in April 2017 said total energy consumption would be capped at 6 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent by 2030.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Muyu Xu and Josephine Mason; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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