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China curbs CO2 emissions through industrial restructuring


08:30, November 22, 2012

BEIJING, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Since 2011, China has been working to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2), through industrial restructuring, according to a report released Wednesday.

The report, "China's Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change, 2012," was published by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The report says controlling greenhouse gas emissions is a key task in China's efforts to address global climate change. In 2011, the Chinese government issued the Work Plan for Controlling Greenhouse Gas Emissions During the 12th Five-year Plan Period, which assigns specific carbon intensity reduction targets to all provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.

To transform and upgrade traditional industries, China has released the 2011 edition of the Guideline Catalogue for Industrial Restructuring, further underlining the country's strategic direction toward conserving energy and cutting emissions by optimizing and upgrading its industrial structure.

The government has stepped up energy conservation evaluations and examinations, environmental impact assessments and preliminary examinations of land used for construction projects.

It has raised the entry threshold for certain industries and strictly limited new projects in high energy-consuming industries, high pollutant emissions or excess capacity. It has also rigorously controlled the export of products with high energy consumption and high pollutant emissions.

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