Power issues are also expected to have an impact on supply chains – particularly in the run-up to the peak shopping period of Christmas.
As economies have reopened in the wake of Covid restrictions easing around the world, many retailers have already warned of potential shortages and empty shelves.
Many retailers are facing widespread disruption amid a surge in demand for imports.
Mr Dovey told Express.co.uk: “Despite the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recognising the issue and putting steps in place to ensure supply over winter, there is no guarantee that these measures will work and there is potential for the situation to worsen.
“The NDRC is working with generators on the issue to increase production as well as exploring different avenues of energy procurement.”