China 'to be largest energy user'
Nov 7, 2007 - BBC Monitoring
Need for energy
China is set to become the world's largest consumer
of energy by about 2010, according to a study by the
International Energy Agency (IEA).
The World Energy Outlook report predicts that China
will overtake the US in its energy use.
Demand for energy in China is expected to have doubled
within 20 years, according to the report.
But this will come at a price, with China also on
course to become the world's largest polluter, says
China's rapid economic growth has created an increasing
demand for natural resources.
It is already looking to Africa, the Middle East
and other countries in Asia to satisfy its demand
for the fossil fuels.
But the burning of fossil fuels is already having
an impact on China's environment, causing widespread
The IEA report says China's increasing consumption
will also make it the world's largest emitter of the
greenhouse gases that cause climate change.
The Chinese authorities have repeatedly refused to
act on climate change, saying that the economy must
They also argue that it is pointless for the West
to criticise China for its energy consumption when
so much of China's industry produces goods for Western