03 Mar '11, 2am

China to go green by 2016 - Channel NewsAsia

China to go green by 2016 - Channel NewsAsia

BEIJING: China, the world's biggest polluter, plans to "go green" in the next five years, emphasising energy efficiency and the battle on its choking pollution in its plans to revamp the economy, experts say. The so-called 12th five-year plan -- already approved by Communist Party leaders -- is expected to be reviewed and rubber-stamped by delegates to the National People's Congress, which opens its annual session Saturday in Beijing. "We must not any longer sacrifice the environment for the sake of rapid growth and reckless roll-outs," Premier Wen Jiabao said Sunday, warning that doing so would result in unsustainable growth and the depletion of resources. China's total carbon dioxide emissions, which it finally admitted last year are the largest in the world, increased by 32.5 per cent between 2006 and 2009, according to the US Energy Information Administration, a govern...

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