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Most Beijingers environmentally aware: Survey

06-30-2010 10:41 BJT

BEIJING, June 30 (Xinhuanet) --Residents of China's capital are strongly aware of the importance of environmental protection and are ready to pay more to buy energy-saving products, a recent survey has found.

The survey, jointly conducted by the Beijing social facts and public opinion survey center and Beijing Daily, polled 1,108 residents.

On being asked if they would consider the energy-saving factor while buying amenities, 84 percent of the residents said they always consider the factor and 11.7 percent said they consider sometimes.

Some 91 percent said they are willing to buy energy-saving products. Among them, 95.2 percent said they were willing to pay more for such products, which are usually more expensive than the ordinary ones.

In the face of possible price hikes of natural gas, electricity and water, 40.2 percent polled believed a moderate price rise would help boost save energy and cut emissions in the city.

The residents were also required to self assess their awareness of environmental protection. About 64.1 percent said they were strongly aware.

When asked whether they use electricity-efficient lamps in their homes, 52 percent said all lamps they use are electricity efficient and 31.3 percent said most lamps were electricity efficient.

The poll showed 77.3 percent of the respondents own at least one energy-saving home appliance.

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