In early July, China's incumbent coal producer, China Shenhua Energy Company, announced the launch of construction of an offshore wind farm. It will be 300 MW of installed capacity, based on the sea and generating clean energy, so necessary for modern China. The wind farm will generate approximately 813 million kWh during the year, which is 20% of the annual power generation of a coal-fired power plant in Dongtai City.
Recently, the country demonstrates a significant increase in power plants on renewable sources, which is due to the accession to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and clean energy development strategy adopted by China.
It is expected that wind farms on the sea will save more than 260 thousand tons of coal annually, which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions (about 590 thousand tons of reference fuel).
It should be noted that China is currently the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases. However, the Government plans to increase the share of energy generated from alternative sources from 12% to 15% by 2020.
And the U.S., the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world over the entire industrial history, as it was mentioned earlier, withdrew from the Paris climate agreement signed by Barack Obama. The U.S. sitting president Donald Trump, in contrast to the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, plans to increase the amount of energy generated from coal-fired power plants in the country's common power grid.
Thus, the American state puts its own economic interests above the global environmental problems. In contrast, the remaining 193 countries that signed COP21 unhesitatingly change the vector of their interests towards clean energy and sustainable development.