Chinese lawmakers worried over Energy Efficiency and Emissions

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Coal Energy Plant in China

Last week Senior Chinese lawmakers expressed concerns over the country’s low energy efficiency and high emissions, as a recent report suggested that China is lagging behind its energy conservation and emission reduction targets.

Members of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) held panel discussions last Wednesday afternoon on a report drafted by the State Council, China’s cabinet.

China has targets for emission cuts and energy saving in its 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), under which energy consumption per unit of GDP should decrease by 16 percent and carbon dioxide emissions should drop by 17 percent by 2015 from the levels of 2010.

By 2013, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP have dropped by 9.03 percent and 10.68 percent respectively from 2010 levels, but the country is still facing “a grim situation” in order to meet its 2015 targets, the report said.

“China is facing considerable challenges in its energy conservation and emission reduction initiatives,” said Miao Xuegang, a deputy to the NPC and head of the environmental protection department of Anhui Province.

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