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China must act to save energy, cut emissions

(China Economic Net)

08:18, November 10, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.9 (People's Daily Online) --Recent data about energy conservation and emissions reduction in China deserve special attention.

First, according to statistics from the Ministry of Environmental Protection, there is a huge gap between China’s emissions reduction results in the first half of this year and its emissions reduction targets for 2011 and for the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015).

The country’s chemical oxygen demand and sulfur dioxide emissions continued to drop in the first six months, but its emissions of ammonia nitrogen only dropped less than 1 percent. Furthermore, its emissions of nitrogen oxides rose by more than 6 percent. It should be pointed out that China aims to reduce its emissions of both ammonia nitrogen and nitrogen oxides by 10 percent by 2015.

Second, although economic growth slowed slightly in Chongqing and the provinces of Yunnan, Inner Mongolia and Qinghai in the first six months, the four high-consumption industries — building materials, metallurgy, chemical engineering and non-ferrous metals — in these regions consumed more than 15 percent more electricity year on year.

Power consumption growth even reached 26 percent in Yunnan. The National Development and Reform Commission raised the alert level on Henan, Hebei, Hubei, Guangxi and other provinces in its first-half energy conservation report.

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