Guangzhou's GDP to exceed 1 trillion yuan in 2010

14:36, November 19, 2010      

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Guangzhou's GDP is expected to exceed 1 trillion yuan in 2010, making the city the third to enter the "GDP trillion yuan club" on the Chinese mainland, said Chen Haodian, vice director of the Guangzhou Development and Reform Commission, on Nov. 17.

"Guangzhou witnessed a rapid development in its economy over the 30-plus years of reform and opening-up. However, constraining factors on Guangzhou's development have become increasingly prominent," Chen said.

The permanent population of Guangzhou has reached more than 10 million people at present, and the land development intensity exceeds 22 percent. As the environmental capacity is limited, the existing development pattern cannot meet the needs of the future urban development anymore, Chen said.

"Therefore, the only choice for Guangzhou is to take the green-growth and low-carbon development path," Chen said.

During the 11th Five-year Plan period, Guangzhou's energy consumption per unit of GDP dropped from 0.78 tons of coal equivalent in 2005 to 0.65 tons of coal equivalent in 2009, and the proportion of industrial added-value contributed by the new-energy and environmental-protection industries to the total industrial added-value was up from less than 0.5 percent in 2001 to 2 percent in 2009, an increase of 300 percent in a period of seven years.

Guangzhou will release the planning outline on the development of a green economy and low-carbon city and initiate all-round low-carbon development initiatives. It will start formulating the development outline from 2011 and initially establish a low-carbon and emissions production and living mode by 2013.

The city will generally establish the low-carbon industries, achieve the universally public awareness of low-carbon lifestyle and significantly improve the energy efficiency with the energy consumption per unit GDP at 0.54 to 0.56 tons of coal equivalent and a carbon intensity level lower than the national and provincial level in 2015.

By People's Daily Online


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