Almost all Chinese provinces are way ahead of their schedule to reduce energy intensity as per the targets set under the 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015), recently released data by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) showed.
Of the 30 provinces, for which data is available, all but two have registered a decline in energy intensity. Qinghai and Xinjiang have reported an increase in their energy intensity; both provinces are required to reduce their energy intensity by 10% from 2000 levels by 2015.
Jilin is reported to have already fulfilled its target. Beijing, Hunan, Chongqing and Sichuan reported to have achieved over 90% of their respective energy intensity reduction targets. Hebei, Shanghai and Henan have managed to reduce achieve more than 80% of their targets. Most of the other provinces have achieved 60-80% of their respective targets.
All five provinces with operational emissions trading schemes have achieved more than 70% of their targets. Chongqing and Beijing lead with over 90% of their targets achieved. Several of these provinces, including Beijing, have taken drastic measures to reduce their energy consumption and use of fossil fuels.
The NDRC has set separate targets for all provinces these targets vary between 10% and 18%. China has set target to reduce the national energy intensity by 16% and national carbon intensity by 17% by 2015.