In its World Energy Outlook 2006, launched November 7, the International Energy Agency (IEA) projected that China will pass the United States to become the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide by 2010. The IEA predicts that developing countries, led by China and India, will account for more than 70 percent of the estimated 53 percent increase in global primary energy demand by 2030. But this discouraging energy future could be turned into a “clean, clever, and competitive” one if governments take strong policy actions, the IEA noted. China, in particular, is envisioning a sustainable energy future to meet its rising demand and has high hopes to ramp up energy production while simultaneously cutting back on energy use.
China’s Ministry of Finance and the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) have announced that starting in 2007, the nation’s central and provincial governments will prioritize their purchasing of environmentally friendly products and services. The government’s new “green procurement” policy will be implemented at all levels of jurisdiction starting in 2008.