UK and China 'can work together on renewable energy'

11 Nov 2010
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UK and China 'can work together on renewable energy'

Renewable energy technologies and developments can move forward if China works with Europe.

This is according to Chris Huhne, the UK energy and climate change minister, who is visiting China with British prime minister David Cameron to set up new trade links with the country.

Speaking at the GLOBE Forum in Tianjin, Mr Huhne stated that the UK and China already have some collaborations in renewable energy projects.

"This is no one-way relationship: the UK needs some £200 billion of investment in new power plants by 2020 to replace our ageing generators and meet our ambitious emissions targets," he said.

Mr Huhne added that there are similarities between the UK and China, as both countries are looking at the offshore wind energy sector as a way to boost the generation of renewable energy.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change, which Mr Huhne heads, recently announced it is aiming for 15 per cent of the UK's power needs to come from renewable energy by 2020. 

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