Bloomberg just cited Mongolia’s President Elbegdorj:
The country expects to produce 20 percent to 25 percent of its electricity from wind, solar and other renewable resources by 2020.
Sounds impressive, until you realize that Mongolia has consumed only about 3.4 TWh in 2010. 20 percent of that would be less than 700 GWh. Compared with the 122 TWh generated from renewable in Germany in 2011 that is still a rather modest goal.
Now, if he had said “20 percent of China’s electricity”, that would be a goal worth writing home about. China had a 4,693 TWh market last year and will hit 5,000 shortly. Getting a fifth or quarter of that from the Mongolian Gobi desert should be easily possible with a strong international effort.
I looked at the official website of President Elbegdorj for a report on this speech, but could not find one yet. However, I found his action program for the time from 2009 to 2013 at the occasion, and it contains the following parts of interest for the topic of this blog:
4.1.6. Initiatives will be made to address the challenges caused by global warming, and especially by climate change and desertification in North East Asia, and regional cooperation toward this direction will be supported.
5.3.1. Green or clean development projects and programs aiming at reducing carbon dioxide and other toxic emissions will be supported.
5.3.2. A nationwide movement of reforestation shall be initiated, and efforts to establish a National Forest Fund shall be supported.
5.3.3. Legal environment for taxation and other incentives encouraging production and use of renewable energy, friendly to nature and human living environment will be created.
Sounds good to me. A certain other President recently reelected could learn a lot from this action program.