Save Energy, Cut Emission:A National Effort to go Green:

“Save Energy, Cut Emission” has become the official policy tagline of the 11th 5-year plan of national government policy. China has embarked on an all-out effort to lower and review the efficiency of its energy consumption, cut waste and pollution and overall reduce its carbon footprints resulting from her economic development.

With high economic growth over the last several decades, the energy issue is a critical national security issue. China’s is the world’s second largest producer and consumer of energy. Yet with not much much oil reserves of her own China’s dependence on oil imports will rise from about 50% today to near 80% in 2030. Energy from coal brings enormous air pollution problems. 16 out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in China. The Chinese economy has to grapple with the twin challenge of maintaining high growth and rational energy consumption and caring for the fragile environment.

The Government has promoted the Scientific Development Concept as well as accelerating policy towards development of alternative/green energy. The official policy is to cut energy use and emission by 20% while not sacrificing economic growth.

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