China leads the world in trade of renewable energy products and leveraged on decreased manufacturing costs and increased investment, the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) said yesterday.
“While there was a decline in growth in Europe in 2013, there was strong growth in China and several other developing country markets,” UNEP executive director Achim Steiner told the United Nations Environmental Assembly.
Steiner said developing countries collectively accounted for above 30% new solar photovoltaic capacity installed globally last year.
“A significant contributor to South-South environmental goods and services trade is the exchange of renewable energy technologies, which now represents one of the fastest-growing markets in the world,” he said.
Steiner said the global environmental product market is expected to grow to approximately US$1.9 trillion by 2020.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) secretary general Mukhisa Kituyi said China is one of the countries to demonstrate a positive shift towards a green economy.
“It has shown commitment to maintaining high environmental standards and I urge China to promote environmental consciousness throughout the world,” said Kituyi. – Bernama, June 26, 2014.