A new report outlines China’s determination to lead the world in cleantech or green technology.
The China Greentech Report 2012 pinpoints China’s urgent needs in energy and environment as the driving force behinds its powerful push to adopt green technologies. China now imports over half of its oil and its massive appetite for coal results in high emissions of carbon and other air and water pollutants.
To ensure energy security and supply, China has no choice but to develop and use new forms of energy to meet its insatiable demand for energy. Among these new forms are unconventional domestic gas reserves, including shale gas and coal-bed methane.
These could mitigate China’s gas shortfall that is expected to grow nine-fold by 2015. China's conventional gas production is stretched to the limit, but vast reserves of shale gas and coal-bed methane might ease the shortfall.
Among the report’s other findings:
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