China’s strategy in bio-fuels is to focus on biomass feed stocks that do not require arable land or potable water. 11 That means “no robbing people of their grains, no grabbing land from crops, no snatching water sources from farm land, and no taking feed from livestock,” Mr. Ren said. “As you know, China is a country that has just accomplished its goal of feeding people,” he said. “So we will pay attention to liquid fuel that will not consume grain or food.”

To go forward, China is developing a “comprehensive policy and institutional framework” for renewable energy. This involves strengthening laws and establishing a “very rational structure” for government policy. “Economic and industrial policy should be compatible with energy policy,” he said. Another element of the plan is to nurture talent. China needs to “foster people who have the ability to development renewable energy and to make decisions,” Mr. Ren said.

By implementing these measures, “China can improve its level of development for renewable energy to reach the goal that we promised to the world,” Mr. Ren said.


11The conversion of agricultural land to grow crops for bio-fuels has been blamed by some for food shortages and rising prices for crops such as corn, commonly used to produce ethanol.

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