China published a report last Wednesday detailing policies and efforts that have been made over the past year in facing up to the challenges of global climate change.
The report, titled China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change (2012), was released before the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will be held from Nov. 26 to Dec. 7 in Doha, Qatar.
The report addresses various results booked by China in order to beat climate change. It also documents measures to promote the building of low-carbon communities and advance international negotiation and cooperation.
The report describes booked results in the 2006-2010 period. It claims that the aggregate energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) dropped 19.1 percent from that of 2005, which is equivalent to a reduction of 1.46 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This means China has accomplished its energy conservation goals listed in the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-2010).
Longer-term goals are also repeated in the report: By 2015, the nation aims to reduce energy consumption per unit of GDP by 16 percent, cut CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 17 percent, and raise the proportion of non-fossil fuels in the overall primary energy mix to 11.4 percent. The report can be downloaded here