China adviser says energy crisis won't stall climate action

China's energy crisis won't derail plans to make progress on curbing greenhouse gas emissions in the next few years, according to a researcher involved in drafting proposals.

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The 2025 energy blueprint, expected to be released by next month, will be centered on prioritizing the use of more renewables and improving energy efficiency, according to Xu Xiaodong, senior adviser of the China Electricity Power Planning and Engineering Institute, a government think tank.

"The power crunch is not a normal phenomenon as China has enough capacity to meet demand, so it won't change the course of low-carbon development," Xu said in an online conference on Wednesday.

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