Green life, green growth

10:04, November 25, 2010      

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An attendant introduces a model of nuclear power station at China International Green Industry Expo 2010 (CIGIE) in Beijing, Capital of China, on Nov. 24, 2010. The 4-day expo opened on Wednesday, with the participation of more than 200 enterprises from 25 countries and regions. The expo will serve as a platform for domestic and overseas enterprises to exchange information, and display the latest achievements in areas including energy saving, emission reduction and circular economy, etc. (Xinhua/Chen Xiaogen)

The 2010 China International Green Industry Expo that opened on Wednesday in Beijing speaks volumes about the country's ambition to make the green economy a new growth engine for its sustainable development.

By spreading green ideas and technologies, the Green Expo can help make the country's industries more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

Chinese enterprises' drive to go green will be crucial to the ongoing global efforts on tackling climate change.

However, efforts to cut pollution and save energy will not be enough to ensure a fundamental change of the country's growth model if 1.3-billion Chinese consumers cannot be fully mobilized to embrace a greener lifestyle.

Chinese policymakers should do more to persuade the public that a greener lifestyle is a worthy goal for everyone.

The central government set environmental and energy efficiency targets for local governments and domestic enterprises. But some local governments' attempts to meet their green goals do not augur well for the future. After failing to work hard enough during most of the past five years to increase their energy efficiency, some local governments just cut energy supplies to households and enterprises as the deadline approached.

These power blackouts caused ordinary people huge difficulties, which were not justified by these local officials' last-minute endeavors to meet their energy conservation targets at any cost. If consumers have to sacrifice their basic daily needs to help achieve some short-term green goals, how can they be expected to embrace a green lifestyle enthusiastically?

Source: China Daily

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