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China realizes world's biggest carbon emission cut: report

(Xinhua)

10:52, November 27, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- China reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 1.5 billion tonnes between 2006 and 2010, the biggest decrease of any country in the period, according to a new report.

The country's energy intensity in 2010, or energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product (GDP), reduced by 19.1 percent from the level of 2005, equal to saving the energy consumption of 630 million tonnes of standard coal, and resulting in the emission of 1.5 billion fewer tonnes of greenhouse gas, said the report on China's low-carbon development, published by the Institute of Global Low-carbon Economy, University of International Business and Economics, and the Social Sciences Academic Press.

Although China has become a major carbon emitter, it has realized the biggest carbon emission reduction across the world, said a press release from the report's research team on Saturday.

"The carbon emission reduction policy in China has been one of the strictest and most effectively implemented in the world," the release said.

Over the five years, the country managed to sustain an annual average economic growth of 11.2 percent, with an annual energy consumption increase of 6.6 percent, according to the report.

Efforts to shut down energy-inefficient and highly polluting thermal power plants led to about 50 million tonnes of carbon emissions being cut, the report said.

From 2007 to 2009, the country closed thermal power plants with a total capacity of 54 million kw.

China also shut down energy-inefficient industrial projects such as steel factories, cement plants and coal-mining companies over the past five years, according to the report.

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