The world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter and number one energy consumer – China – is apparently working on an environmentally-friendly five-year plan which could be “the greenest strategy document in the country’s history”, according to The Guardian newspaper.
The plan – due to be unveiled in March – aims to curb pollution, promote clean technology, and initiate an environment tax within the next five years. Nuclear energy and hydro-electric power will be the focus for achieving these goals, along with sustainable urban development and public transport.
While China remains a market leader on its investment in renewable technology, it still lags well behind in terms of pollution reduction. “[The plan] could affect the colour of the sky, the planet’s temperature and the welfare of billions of people beyond the jurisdiction of the country’s mandarins,” writes Jonathan Watts.