China is back on track to meet mandatory targets on cutting pollution and improving energy efficiency by 2015, after the program had fallen behind due to strong economic growth in 2011 and 2012, according to Xu Lin, director of the National Development and Reform Commission’s Planning Office.
China has promised to tackle the severe pollution of its air, water and soil, but admitted late last year it was struggling to meet targets for the 12th five-year plan period ending in 2015.
Central and local government authorities are now adopting tougher measures and have also developed more effective incentive mechanisms, putting China back on course, said Xu.
Over the 2011-2015 period, China is aiming to cut energy intensity — the amount of energy consumed per unit of economic growth — by 16 percent and the amount of carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 17 percent. It also promised to raise the share of non-fossil fuels in its overall energy mix to 11.4 percent.