Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province has been successful in fending off desert encroachment with afforestation near the ruins of the Great Wall. "Compared with images taken in 2000, the forest has expanded about 400 kilometers northward from Yan’an City in the heartland of the Loess Plateau," said Yulin’s forestry chief Li Junzhi. "It’s a result of sustained afforestation."
Although the State Council announced last December that it would select five cities to test subsidies for the private purchase of “new energy vehicles,” issues surrounding the form and amount of the subsidies remain unresolved. Commentators quoted by Nanfang Daily stated that subsidies for “private purchase” needed to be higher than those for government purchase in order to be effective.
China plans to build a national renewable energy center to further support development of the industry. The center will be responsible for policy-making, key project and program management, market and industrial operations, database and information platform establishment and international exchange program coordination, Han Wenke, director general of Energy Research Institute under the National Development and Reform Commission, said yesterday.
China on Tuesday issued its first national census of pollution sources, with datas showing that the country’s wastewater discharge totalled more than 209 billion tons while waste gas emissions topped 63.7 trillion cu m in 2007. The census targeted nearly 6 million objects of industrial sources, agricultural sources, residential sources and centralized pollution control facilities, collecting 1.1 billion basic data on pollution sources.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday said it has approved a 135 million U.S. dollar loan to help China build a coal-fired integrated gasification combined cycle ( IGCC) power plant, whose carbon dioxide emission rate is only one tenth of a usual coal-fired plant. The 419.59 million U.S. dollar project, scheduled to be completed in northern city of Tianjin by 2012, will be the first IGCC plant in a developing country and can generate up to 1,470 gigawatt-hours of electricity every year.
Trond Giske, the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, headed a delegation of Norwegian officials visiting Metallkraft’s plant in Yangzhou in January. The Minister was given an introduction to the Metallkraft process and had the opportunity to meet many of the plant’s more than 50 employees, before attending a lunch hosted by the Yangzhou city authorities.
China has established the National Energy Commission for better coordination in formulating energy strategy and development planning. The commission will determine national energy development strategy, address significant issues concerning energy security and energy development and coordinate major programs of domestic energy development and global cooperation. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is the director of the commission, and Vice Premier Li Keqiang is the deputy director.
Enterprises within 300 km of Shanghai in the Yangtze River Delta will be subject to production control during the six-month World Expo if the city’s air quality falls below standards. "We’ll monitor air quality each day and if it shows negative trends, we’ll take emergency measures, including production control or even shutting down certain heavy-polluting companies," Zhang Quan, director of the municipal environmental protection bureau said.
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