Green Life, Green Growth
    2010-11-28 19:18:07      Web Editor: Xu Leiying
The 2010 China International Green Industry Expo that opened earlier this week in Beijing speaks volumes about the country's ambitions of making the green economy a new growth engine for its sustainable development.

Chinese enterprises' drive to go green will be crucial to the ongoing global efforts to tackle climate change.

However, an editorial in the China Daily says efforts to cut pollution and save energy will not be enough to ensure a fundamental change in the country's growth model if 1.3 billion Chinese consumers cannot be fully mobilized to embrace a greener lifestyle.

The central government set environmental and energy efficiency targets for local governments and domestic enterprises. But the article points out that some local governments' attempts to meet their green goals do not augur well for the future. After failing to work hard enough during most of the past five years to increase their energy efficiency, some local governments just cut energy supplies to households and enterprises as the deadline approached.

The editorial says these power blackouts caused ordinary people huge difficulties, which were not justified by these local officials' last-minute endeavors to meet their energy conservation targets at any cost. If consumers have to sacrifice their basic daily needs to help achieve some short-term green goals, how can they be expected to embrace a green lifestyle enthusiastically?

According to the editorial, the central government has ordered local governments to correct their malpractice and ensure normal power supplies to residents, but policymakers must do more to ensure public support for green growth is not undermined by officials who fail to do their jobs.

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