Chinese Provinces Fall Short on Energy Saving Targets

According to an official statement issued this week by the China National Development and Reform Commission, in January to October this year four provinces made very poor progress in their efforts to meet energy saving targets.

The provinces, namely Guangxi, Qinghai, Ningxia and Xinjiang, in question are all major producers of steel products and ferroalloy products.

It was also noted that poor progress has been recorded by Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Hainan, Shanxi and Gansu provinces regarding meeting energy-saving targets, though not as bad as for the previously-mentioned provinces.

Xie Zhenhua, Deputy Director of the NDRC, said that last year Chinese GDP was 8.5% of the world total but its consumption of crude steel was 43% of the world total while its coal and cement consumption accounted for 45% and 52% respectively of the world totals.

He added that China energy consumption in steel, ferroalloy, electricity, chemicals and other industries were 47% higher than in advanced countries whereas energy efficiency was 10% lower than average world levels.

This week China released some details of their next five year plan, including their targets for reducing energy intensity, which they have been struggling to reduce this year as the current five year plan closes. The struggle is due to their massive expansion and of energy inefficient factories and foundries.

Picture of the Lijiang river, near Yangshuo, Guangxi, China. Taken by Ariel Steiner

Friday 26th November 2010

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