China is dedicated to tackling climate change and promoting sustainable development. This is according to Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan, who was speaking at the opening ceremony of an international forum of Nobel laureates and world-renowned economists.
Zeng Peiyan emphasized that promoting energy conservation and emissions reductions is a long-term task for China, especially now when its economy is developing rapidly. He pointed out that in the first half of this year, energy consumption per unit of GDP decreased by 2.7 percent year on year, indicating energy use efficiency has improved.
Zeng says "We will make great efforts to reduce the energy consumption per unit of GDP by 20 percent in 2010 compared with that of 2005. In the next 4 years, industries with high energy consumption and pollution will be eliminated at a faster speed. While energy-efficient buildings and environmentally-friendly lightbulbs will become more prominent. We will encourage all citizens to join in this energy-saving campaign."
Zeng said China is paying close attention to environmental issues. The country will work with other countries towards a goal of sustainable development. A number of Nobel laureates and world-renowned scientists are attending a 4-day meeting to discuss energy efficiency with Chinese scientists.