China published new targets for the reduction of major pollutants yesterday as it ran into the final year to realize its green goals. The country will meet its binding targets to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), the major cause of air pollution, and chemical oxygen demand (COD) – the main indicator of water pollution – by 10 percent from 2005 levels in 2010, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said yesterday.
Since the Copenhagen Conference the Chinese government has engaged in international debate on the meeting’s meaning, but the external tumult does not appear to have affected its efforts to move forward on policies to reduce carbon intensity.
The Norad funded Energy Management Program will be operating with a highly qualified team from January 2010. Gao Peng Gao Peng has since August 2009 been working full-time on the project as a Project Manager. With his extensive background from the industrial sector in China, and broad experience from working with the industrial conglomerate […]
China has relaxed long-standing restrictions placed on foreign wind farm developers by doing away with the rule that requires 70 percent of components to be sourced locally. The rule had been designed to encourage investment in China manufactured components for the technology, however local manufacturers have consistently not been able to meet the quality controls demanded.
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, recently initiated a groundbreaking collaboration with industry bodies and leading international research laboratories to analyze the potential for energy efficiency in China’s retail sector. The retail sector is the biggest energy consumer of all large public buildings. The collaboration aims to conduct research, make recommendations and eventually draft a tentative policy for government decision-makers.
China’s investment in water conservancy projects reached a record high of 142.7 billion yuan (20.9 billion U.S. dollars) in 2009, Minister of Water Resources Chen Lei said Sunday. The total spending more than doubled the investment of 65.54 billion yuan in 2008.
In 2009 alone, another 3 million kilowatts were added to the installed capacity of rural hydro power plants, bringing the total capacity to 54 million kw. The annual power output exceeded 150 billion kilowatt-hours.
Vice Premier Li Keqiang Thursday underscored the development of energy-saving industries and pushing for advancement in optimization of energy structure to ensure the country’s energy supply and safety. Earlier this month, China established the first batch of national energy development and research centers. The 16 centers will research and study technologies of nuclear power equipment, wind power, and smart grid, among others.
Renewable energy specialists in China have questioned the significance of a recent amendment to the country’s 2006 Renewable Energy Law, saying it will have little, if any, effect on renewable energy companies on the ground. However, others contend that the amendment provides an important framework to help address several issues plaguing the fast-growing sector, and sets the stage for a long-awaited stimulus policy and funding package.