Chinese transportation gets on the low-carbon track (2)

15:42, May 24, 2010      

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The Ministry of Transport recently launched a plan to cut carbon emissions by 2.5 million tons in thousands of vehicle, ship, railway and port enterprises by the end of this year.
The transportation industry is a big energy-consuming sector. Currently, its energy consumption accounts for about 8 percent of Chinese society's total, and its carbon dioxide emissions account for about 25 percent of the world's total. China has pledged to cut its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP to at least 40 of its 2005 levels by 2020. The transportation sector will play an increasingly important role in this process.

In this special action, the transportation sector has adopted the principles of low-carbon transportation. Low-carbon transportation is a kind of transportation development mode featuring energy-efficiency, low consumption, low pollution and low emissions. Its main goals are to enhance energy efficiency, improve the energy structure and optimize the development mode of the transport.

Let's look at the vehicle industry first. China will gradually promote the drive to save energy and promote alternative-energy vehicles. At the World Expo in Shanghai, there are more than a thousand alternative-energy vehicles for visitors to use in the Expo Park. These alternative-energy vehicles could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 13,000 tons so that public transportation with "zero emissions" is possible in the park.

The ship industry will comprehensively push for the standardization of ship shapes to promote energy efficiency. Backward ship shapes with high energy consumption and high pollution will not be allowed to enter the market. For instance, from 2002 to 2009, the standard rate of ships in Chongqing City reached 35 percent, and the energy consumption per unit of the ship dropped by 62 percent. This achievement made Chongqing a low-carbon model of inland river shipping in China.
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