A senior official highlighted the importance of renewable energy for China’s development here Tuesday.
The Law on Renewable Energy, which was approved by the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee in February and will go into effect on January 1, 2006, is an important law for the safety of China’s energy and environmental fields, said Gu Xiulian, vice chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, said Tuesday at a workshop on the implementation of the law.
Gu called for developing and utilizing renewable energy in accordance with the law, which is an important step for the country to resolve energy and environmental problems and achieve sustainable development.
In the last 20-plus years of reforms and opening up, China’s GDP has been quadrupled, while its energy consumption is doubled only. It shows that China has made remarkable progress in improving the efficiency of energy use, Gu said.
However, she said, China has never avoided the traditional development model of “massive production, massive consumption and massive discharge.”