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China promises to curb new polluting projects, large energy users

August 18, 2021


China will curb development of projects that use large amounts of energy and have high carbon emissions, the state planner said on Tuesday, as the country struggles to meet its climate pledges with many regions falling short of their targets for the year.

The world’s second-largest economy has pledged to bring down its carbon emission to a peak by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2060 and is laying out stricter rules for companies and provinces to help achieve those goals.

However, nine provinces and regions in China, including Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan and Jiangsu, increased their energy consumption on an annual basis in the first half of the year, Meng Wei, spokeswoman for the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said at a news conference.

“The national energy conservation situation is very severe,” Meng said.

Only 10 out of 30 mainland Chinese regions achieved their goals to cut energy consumption and energy intensity, or the amount of energy consumed per unit of economic growth, in the first six months of this year, according to NDRC’s statement on Tuesday.

[Min Zhang, Muyu Xu and Shivani Singh]

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