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China to improve renewable energy in 2013

China will sharply improve renewable energy in 2013 years.After repeated bouts of heavy pollution across much of the country heightened public anger on the issue over recent weeks.

China plans to increase solar energy by 10 million kilowatts,wind by 18 million kilowatts and hydropower generating capacity by 21 million kilowatts this year, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a report.

The figures are all higher than the annual average increase over the past five years of 1.4 million kilowatts, 11.6 million and 20 million respectively, according to official data.

The thick smog that blanketed large swathes of the country in recent months has put mounting pressure on the government, with even state media issuing outspoken calls for action.

Local incidents of industrial pollution also regularly spark significant protests.

"We should resolve to solve the problems of serious air, water, and soil pollution that affect the people's vital interests," Premier Wen Jiabao said at the start of China's annual parliamentary session.

"(We should) improve environmental quality, and safeguard people's health, and give the people hope through our concrete action," Wen emphasised, prompting loud applause.

He said the government will restrict total energy consumption, reduce emissions, and upgrade relevant standards and laws to control pollution.

China depends heavily on coal to power its growth but has set a goal of increasing non-fossil energy use to 15 percent of its total consumption by 2020, up from 9.6 percent in 2010, as part of efforts to address the pollution problem.

But analysts say that tackling the root causes of the problem, which include reliance on coal-fired power stations and growing car use, are huge tasks that will take decades to address.