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China Should Hold 2015 Energy Demand at 4 Billion Tons

(Corrects name of agency in first paragraph.)

Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- China should limit its total energy consumption to the equivalent of around 4 billion metric tons of standard coal by 2015, Han Wenke, director general at the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission, said today.

The country has to restrict energy demand growth per five-year period to 600 million tons to 800 million tons of standard coal equivalent in order to reach that goal, Han said at a forum in Beijing.

Consumption should not exceed 5 billion tons by 2020, he said, and China’s annual energy demand may peak at around 5.5 billion tons of standard coal equivalent by 2030, Han said.

The NDRC is China’s top economic planning agency.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Chua Baizhen in Beijing at bchua14@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mohammed Hadi at mhadi1@bloomberg.net

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