August 28, 2006
China may fail to meet its goal to reduce the energy intensity of its economy by 4 per cent this year, the country’s top economic planner says.
Beijing: China may fail to meet its goal to reduce the energy intensity of its economy by 4 percent this year, the country’s top economic planner said in remarks published on Saturday. China has said the energy used to generate each dollar of national income rose 0.8 percent in the first half of 2006. “It will be very difficult to realise our targets of saving energy and reducing pollution,” the official Xinhua news agency quoted National Development and Reform Commission chief Ma Kai as telling an annual meeting. Ma also said China — which is focusing on green development in its latest 5-year plan — had suffered from severe pollution in the first half as many new projects flouted environmental regulations.