Mar 31, 2011

Earlier this month, after a year of debate, China finally unveiled its green goals for the next five years. On March 5, premier Wen Jiabao presented his “government work report” during China’s annual parliamentary session in Beijing, revealing the key goals of the country’s 12th Five-Year Plan (FYP). These include targets to cut energy intensity by 16% and carbon intensity by 17% by the end of 2015. China also aims to boost the proportion of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to 11.4%.

The figures may appear dull, but they will direct China’s energy-saving and emission-reduction efforts over the next five years, and have a huge impact on the country’s economic growth and output. But how were they determined?

Feng Jie is a reporter at Southern Weekend and Yuan Duanduan is  intern.

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