China has vowed to adopt “the strictest” environment and energy policies in the coming years after lagging behind in terms of four binding environmental targets set for 2015, Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday. The four targets are for energy intensity, carbon dioxide emissions, rationalization of energy consumption and nitrogen oxide emissions. In 2011 and 2012, the first two years of the 12th Five-Year Plan, China’s energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product (GDP), only dropped 5.54 percent. The target is a 16 percent reduction from 2010 to 2015. The plan aims to reduce the amount of carbon produced per unit of GDP by 17 percent from 2010 to 2015. In the first two years, it was only reduced by 6.6 percent. In a mid-term evaluation report on the implementation of the 12th Five-Year Plan, the State Council described the issues as “grave”. In areas where energy consumption has grown out of control and conservation measures lag behind, the government will not approve any new energy intensive projects, it said. For areas which fail to finish their annual task of cutting pollution, environment authorities will cut their quotas of industrial and construction projects.
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