China plans to take tough measures to conserve energy as the nation has fallen behind its energy-saving targets in recent years, according to Xinhua news agency.
Xie Zhenhua, vice minister in charge of the National Development and Reform Commission, was quoted as saying at a forum Monday that the government will lower the upper limit of energy consumption for provinces with serious smog issues or those with the greatest energy use.
Local governments that fail to finish their energy-saving tasks would be required to report to the central government, and no new polluting and energy intensive projects would be started in those regions, he said.
Under the nation’s 12th Five-Year Plan, China aims to reduce energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by 16 percent by 2015 from the 2010 level.
The indicator dropped 9.03 percent from 2011 to 2013, accounting for only 54 percent of the overall target while 60 percent should have been completed, Xinhua noted.
In an action plan to reduce emissions and save energy in 2014 and 2015 released last month, authorities made it clear that energy use per unit of GDP must drop by 3.9 percent annually this year and next year.
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