China growing more biodiesel crops

18-01-2008 | |
China growing more biodiesel crops

China wants to increase the country’s bio-energy forest coverage to 13 million hectares (32 million acres) by 2020, according to Xinhua News Agency.

Oil-bearing plants, including pistacia chinensis
bunge, jatropha, cornus wisoniana and xanthoceras sorbifolia, will be grown on
designated forest areas across Hebei, Anhui, Hunan, Sichuan, Yunnan, Shanxi
provinces and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

China has been raising
oil-bearing trees on some 4 million hectares (10 million acres) of land in
different regions with an expected fruit output of 4 million tons (3.6 million
tonnes).  More could be planted on 57 million hectares (141 million acres)
of what is now underdeveloped wilderness, Head of the State Forestry
Administration Jia Zhibang said.

China is aiming to increase its
biodiesel output to 200,000 tons (181,488 tonnes) by 2010 and 2 million tons
(1.8 million tonnes) by 2010, according to officials.  The move comes as
the nation seeks to lift the proportion of renewable energy consumption to about
10% by 2010 and to 20% by 2020.

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