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NDRC official: China faces "great pressure" in meeting 2015 emissions target


15:07, November 11, 2011

NANCHANG, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- China is facing great pressure in trying to meet its emission reduction target by 2015, as the country is still rapidly industrializing, a senior government official said Friday.

The State Council, or China's Cabinet, on Wednesday approved a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 17 percent per unit of China's gross domestic product (GDP) until 2015. The plan also maps out precise emission indicators for local governments.

The goal was proposed in the 12th Five-Year Program (2011-2015) approved by Chinese legislators in March, which also included a 16 percent cut in energy use per unit of GDP and a goal of lifting non-fossil-fuel energy usage to 11.4 percent of the country's total energy consumption from the current 8.6 percent.

"China is under great pressure to achieve these targets by 2015," Gao Shixian, assistant director-general of the energy research institute under the National Development and Reform Commission, said at the sidelines of an international investment promotion forum held in Nanchang, the capital of east China's Jiangxi province.

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