China is to increase its use of renewable technologies over the next ten years to match Europe’s green energy targets.

As reported in the Guardian, during a recent visit to London a senior Chinese official said the country would increase the use of wind and solar power over the next decade, and produce a fifth of its energy from renewables.

Zhang Xiaoqiang, vice-chairman of China's national development and reform commission, told the Guardian that Beijing would surpass current 2020 targets for the use of wind and solar power and was now contemplating targets that were more than three times higher.

The country’s current goal for wind energy is 30 gigawatts, however Zhang said the new goal could be as high as 100GW by 2020.

This new target would match the European goal of 20% power generated from renewable technology.

Of China’s $560 billion economic stimulus package to low-carbon investment, more than $30 billion is pledged to be spent directly on environmental projects and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.