China goes green?

7 February, 2011 by (comments)

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.

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