One of the common objections to lowering carbon emissions is that anything we do as a country or an individuals will be pointless if China keeps opening a new coal power station every week.
We should update the cliche, because China is building renewable energy faster than anyone. Its wind energy capacity grew so fast last year that by the end of 2014, China has 31% of the world’s wind power.
With 45% of all the world’s wind installations, 2014 was a boom year for Chinese wind power. It has overtaken the US as the world’s biggest wind energy generator, and it now has more wind energy than Britain’s entire grid.
So next time someone sarcastically mentions Chinese coal, tell them that one in three of the world’s wind turbines is in China.