Poor technology and an inadequate approach to development are serious challenges to mainland efforts to cut emissions and energy use, Xinhua reported Monday, citing the head of the country’s peak economic planning agency.
Xu Shaoshi, head of the National Development and Reform Commission, said in a report to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee that some areas and departments were not paying enough attention to emissions and energy cuts, and that development was still “extensive rather than intensive”.
Xu said energy consumption per unit of GDP fell 9.03 percent last year and carbon dioxide output per unit of GDP was down 10.68 percent during the period compared with 2010 levels, the report said.
But this is still far from enough to meet the 16 percent target for energy cuts and the 17 percent goal for carbon dioxide reductions laid out in the 2011-2015 five-year plan.
Xu was quoted as saying that coal accounted for about two-thirds of total energy use in 2013, and outdated technology was adding to power consumption and pollutant discharges.
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