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Blueprint sets out control of emissions

By Li Jing and Lan Lan (China Daily)

08:17, December 07, 2011

DURBAN, South Africa - China laid out a detailed plan to control greenhouse gas emissions in the coming five years, a measure designed to deliver on its pledge for carbon intensity reduction by 2020.

The country aims to reduce its carbon emissions for each unit of GDP by 17 percent by 2015 from 2010 levels, according to the blueprint, which has been approved by the State Council and will be released in the coming days.

In 2009, China pledged to cut carbon intensity by 40 to 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.

The 17 percent national goal has been allocated to provincial governments, which will be held responsible if they fail to meet the targets, the blueprint says.

For instance, Guangdong province, China's major manufacturing hub, has been given the most challenging task - cutting its carbon intensity by 19.5 percent - while Tianjin and Shanghai, together with Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces, should see a drop of 19 percent in the next five years.

Qinghai province and the Tibet autonomous region, among the poorest regions in China, have a relatively easy target of 10 percent, the lowest in the country.

"The accomplishment of carbon intensity targets will be included in the appraisal system for local officials," the blueprint says.

This is the first time China has released carbon intensity goals for each provincial-level region, an apparent attempt to make greenhouse gas control part of social and economic growth, experts said.

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