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China’s fight against climate change

03-05-2012 00:30 BJT Special Report: 2012 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

With carbon emissions at record levels in the atmosphere, fighting climate change is on top of the agenda for countries across the world. Wu Haojun takes a look at China’s efforts for a greener future.

China says it’s fully committed to the global fight against climate change. It delivered the message loud and clear at last year’s Durban Climate Talks.

China wants a comprehensive and balanced pact based on equal principles, which reflects common but differentiated responsibilities.

Xie Zhenhua, vice minister of National Dev’t & Reform Commission, said, "We’re seeing an obvious gap between different parties. But we do hope that we can adopt a responsible attitude for the development of mankind. It’s important to turn these political wills into concrete actions. We should all be cooperative, constructive, and flexible. The outcome may not satisfy everyone, but it can still be acceptable. And this is what a multilateral mechanism should be about."

A global fight requires global efforts. While that has proved to be a difficult process, China has decided to take the initiative.

But China has also made it clear that fighting climate change should be a multilateral process.

In response to the EU’s carbon tax scheme, China issued a blunt no, banning its airlines from participating.

Ji Yuan, deputy asst. director general of CAAC, said, “The EU’s unilateral decision to levy carbon emissions fees on all airlines is unacceptable to China. It destroys international cooperation on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.”

Although China’s economy has been expanding at around 11-percent annually from 2005 to 2010, energy consumption per capita of GDP fell 19-percent. For those who wonder how that was achieved, this engineer at a Beijing wind farm may have part of the answer.

Lin Zili, staff member of Beijing Guanting Wind Power Plant, said, "The control room is like the heart of the farm. The electricity is transmitted through loop lines to a grid-connected substation. From there, the electricity will be delivered to Beijing."

This wind farm helps cut yearly emissions of carbon dioxide by 300,000 tons and saves 150,000 tons of coal each year.

The indications are a shift is already taking place in China’s development strategy -- from pursuing fast growth, to sustainable growth.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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