China energy usage rises 3.9 percent in 2012: gov't
AFPBEIJING -- Energy consumption by China, the world's leading emitter of C02, rose 3.9 percent in 2012 from the previous year but fell by 3.6 percent per unit of gross domestic product, the government said.
February 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The country used the equivalent of 3.62 billion tons of coal, the National Bureaus of Statistics reported in a paper on the state of the economy published Friday.
Coal represents 66.4 percent of the total energy consumed, with oil and natural gas accounting for 18.9 percent and 5.5 percent respectively, according to an estimate by the Diyi Caijing economic daily.
The rest is mainly provided by hydro while nuclear power still accounts for a very low proportion of China's energy mix, despite a major program to construct atomic power plants.
The NBS said in 2012 Chinese consumption of coal rose 2.5 percent, oil 6 percent and natural gas 10.2 percent while electricity use climbed 5.5 percent.