China should accelerate development of nuclear power to help meet Beijing’s pledges to bring greenhouse gas emissions to a peak before 2030 and become “carbon neutral” by 2060, according to industry delegates at the annual session of parliament. China said in its 2021-2025 five-year plan released on Friday that it would raise total nuclear capacity to 70 gigawatts (GW) by the end of 2025. Capacity reached 51 GW at the end of last year, falling short of its 58 GW target.
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The “Two Sessions” meeting of China’s National People’s Congress has been told that the country has to build six nuclear reactors a year if it hopes to meet its 2060 deadline to become carbon neutral. The meeting also heard a call from Tibetan delegates to begin construction work on the controversial Brahmaputra dam by the end of the year.
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