China to prioritize compulsory energy conservation

16:08, November 30, 2010      

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China will move to gradually shift the current suggestive energy conservation policy to a mandatory policy according to the laws in the future, said Xie Zhenhua, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, on Nov. 29.

The energy conservation targets set for the 11th Five-year Plan period have played significant roles in effectively controlling greenhouse gas emissions. If all of the targets are met, China will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 billion tons over five years.

Xie said that China's work to promote energy conservation and emissions reduction has been arduous during the 11th Five-year Plan period, but it has accomplished remarkable achievements. During the first four years of the 11th Five-year Plan period, China's energy consumption annually grew by only 7 percent to support an annual economic growth of 11 percent, and China has reduced standard coal consumption by 490 million tons and carbon dioxide emissions by 1 billion tons, which has promoted China's image as a responsible power.

Xie disclosed that related central departments are preparing the energy conservation and emissions reduction plan for the 12th Five-Year Plan period, in which, energy consumption intensity, carbon dioxide consumption intensity and total emissions of major pollutants will be key binding targets.

He added that energy conservation should first be advanced according to the laws during the 12th Five-Year Plan. Regulations and laws, including the "Energy Conservation Law,""Regulations on Energy Conservation of Civil Buildings" and "Regulations on Energy Conservation by Public Institutions," should be enforced properly in order to ensure the implementation of various energy-saving systems and gradually shift from persuasion and encouragement-based energy conservation to compulsory energy conservation according to the laws.

By People's Daily Online


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