An energy consumption cap, equivalent to no more than 4.2 billion tons of coal, may be set by 2015, an expert in the sector told China Daily.
A plan has been formulated following two years of talks with provincial-level governments and is awaiting State Council approval, Han Wenke, director general of the Energy Research Institute under the National Development and Reform Commission, said.
Han's institute under the NDRC, the top economic planner, drafted the plan.
"It is still a tough target," Han, who is also guest economist at China Daily, said.
China, one of the world's largest energy users, consumed the equivalent of 3.48 billion tons of coal in 2011, a year-on-year increase of 7 percent.
Policymakers are striking a balance between green and growth.
A target, similar to the energy saving and carbon emission goal, will be allocated to cities and provinces.
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