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China says still No.2 energy user: Xinhua

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 5:24am
Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China reiterated on Wednesday that it remained the world's No.2 energy user with last year's consumption more than 200 million tonnes of standard oil equivalent below that of the United States, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

China consumed 2.146 billion tonnes of oil equivalent last year, versus 2.382 billion tonnes used by the United States, according to U.S. energy department figures, Xinhua said, citing a joint statement from China's top energy agency and statistical bureau.

"China is in the process of rapid industrialization and urbanization. Total energy consumption growth has slowed year by year, thanks to energy conservation and emission reduction measures," the report said.

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