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Climate Change

China's share of new wind power tops 90% of region's total in 2020

Asia-Pacific leads world as Beijing pushes to meet zero carbon goal

Wind turbines in Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia: China is rapidly expanding its wind power capacity to meet a net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2060. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)

TOKYO -- China installed a record 52 gigawatts of new wind power capacity in 2020, driving global growth in renewable energy, according to data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), a Brussels-based trade association.

China's installation of wind power facilities doubled compared with the previous year, setting a record for the biggest annual increase. There was a last-minute installation rush before the withdrawal of feed-in-tariff subsidies for onshore wind at the end of last year. As a result, China accounted for more than 90% of the wind power installed in the Asia-Pacific region. Utilities, in particular, have been installing wind farms in inland parts of the country.

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