A roundtable discussion is being held in advance of the 6th World Economic and Environmental Conference on Thursday afternoon, November 28, 2013 in Beijing. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]
Anchor: How should China pursue green development? Environmental experts recently emphasized two key areas of focus in their examination of the topic: firstly, tackling pollution, and secondly, solving energy issues to better cope with climate change. CRI's Xu Fei has more.
Reporter: This year's World Economic and Environmental Conference in Beijing gathered a number of officials, scholars, foreign ambassadors and representatives from international environmental and energy-related organizations, to discuss an environmentally friendly development path for China.
Wang Yuqing, deputy director of the Committee of Population, Resources and Environment of the CPPCC National Committee, believes green development may be realized gradually, but only after the Chinese government establishes a mechanism for removing heavily polluting enterprises.
"Industrial enterprises should either reduce or obliterate their pollution emission levels through technological upgrading. Also, the Chinese government should shut down and suspend a certain number of heavy polluting enterprises as well as enterprises with high consumption of energy and resources."
In 2012, China's coal consumption accounted for almost half of the world's total. Meanwhile, over half of the oil consumed by the country came from imports.
The file photo shows emission of polluted water. [Photo: cenews.com.cn]
One way for China to significantly reduce pollution in the long term is to increase its clean energy supply.
Recognizing the challenges in the sector, China is now at a crossroad in its policy-making regarding government support for the renewable sector.
Liu Yanhua, Counselor of the State Council and former Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology emphasized at the conference that there is still huge space for China to develop its renewable energies, particularly compared to the US and Europe.
"We have reached the consensus that the development of renewable energies is the next important task for China. From an international perspective, the renewable energy situation in a country will become a benchmark for measuring the international competitiveness of a nation. The US moves fast in the renewable energy sector. Meanwhile the EU has stated that their target is for renewable energy to account for 20-percent of their total energy utilization by 2020, 30-percent by 2030 and 50-percent by 2050."
China's current five-year plan, a key economic planning document, calls for boosting the amount of non-fossil fuels in its total energy mix to 11.4% in 2015. Last year, non-fossil fuels comprised 9.1% of China's energy mix.
The 6th World Economic and Environmental Conference, which concluded on Friday, was held in Beijing under the theme "moving towards green and low carbon development, deepening industrial reform, and continuing with harmonious development."
For CRI, I'm Xu Fei.