Climate Connect News, 27 May 2014, London: China’s State Council has announced carbon and energy intensity reduction targets for the current and next year. The low-carbon development plan issued by the Chinese regulators aims at achieving the energy and carbon intensity reduction targets set for the 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015).
China has been struggling to meet its set targets to reduce carbon intensity by 17% and energy intensity by 16% by 2015. The medium-term target is to reduce carbon intensity by 40-45% by 2020 from 2005 levels. During the 11th Five Year Plan, China had planned to reduce carbon intensity by 20% from 2005 levels but managed to cut it only by 19.06%.
Chinese regulators have taken a number of revolutionary steps to control and reduce energy and carbon intensity. A number of inefficient industrial units have been shutdown while several others have been asked to close down operations. A number of cities, including Beijing, have set targets to reduce coal consumption.
In 2012, the consumption declined by 3.6% and this was a successful achievement against the set target for the year. However, in first half of 2013, target achieved is only 3.4% against the set goal of 3.7% by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).