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Growth efficiency remains low

By Wei Tian (China Daily)

09:43, December 12, 2011

BEIJING - The efficiency of China's economic growth, measured in terms of resource use and environmental impact, is rising but still relatively low, with huge regional disparities, a report shows.

The indicator of efficiency, measured by the output value of 1 cubic meter of discharge of waste gas or waste water, stands at 0.91 yuan (14 US cents) a cu m compared with 0.72 yuan a year earlier, said a report released on Saturday by the Beijing Technology and Business University.

The number was calculated by the nominal GDP of a region, divided by its annual pollutant discharge amount, based on data from the National Audit Office's 2010 yearbook.

Beijing topped the 31 provincial regions, generating 5.09 yuan for each cu m of discharge, followed by Tibet and Shanghai.

On the city level, Haikou, capital of Hainan province, ranked first among 273 cities, with an efficiency rate of 41.50 yuan for each unit of discharge, thanks to the low emission level of its pillar industry, which is tourism.

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