(AFP) – Aug 2, 2009
BEIJING — China cut its average energy consumption by 3.53 percent in the first half of 2009 from a year ago, helped by massive stimulus spending on green projects, the government said Sunday.
The figure compared with a decline of 2.89 percent in the first quarter of the year, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a statement on its website.
At the end of 2008, China unveiled a four-trillion-yuan (580-billion-dollar) fiscal package aimed at mitigating the impact of the global crisis, with part of the money meant to be spent on improved energy efficiency.
China has set a goal of reducing average energy consumption by 20 percent from 2006 to 2010.
This means that it has to cut average consumption by four percent annually over the five-year period -- a target it has so far failed to meet.
Even so, China may pledge to improve its energy efficiency by a wide margin in the post-Kyoto years rather than commit to direct cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, state media said in May.
As a developing nation China under Kyoto did not accept cuts in greenhouse emissions, which are blamed for global warming, leading to higher sea levels and other potentially disastrous changes in the climate.
China is one of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases.
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