China Puts Its Sights on Being Renewable Energy Leader

35 million homes in China get their hot water from solar collectors and Worldwatch sees nation becoming world leader in five years.

Published: 03-Oct-2005

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Smog, soot and a thirst for oil: that's one image of China.

But the Asian colossus is also seen leading the way in the use of "green" energies as alternatives to fossil fuels, the head of a leading environmental watchdog said on Wednesday.

"China is already big in renewables. In 5 years time we see them as a world leader in this department," Chistopher Flavin, president of the U.S.-based Worldwatch Institute, told Reuters on the sidelines of an energy conference in Johannesburg.

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