From People’s Daily Online:
China is encouraging officials to spare some of their attention, usually focused on GDP growth, for energy conservation.
Zhejiang, an economically booming province in the country’s east, has decided to add energy efficiency to the evaluation system on local officials’ performance.
The new indicator is intended to encourage officials to score more by lowering enterprises’ costs, promoting technological innovation and adjusting industrial structures for energy and ecological security, according to Lu Zushan, the province’s governor.The province has set a goal which requires the energy consumption per unit of GDP in 2010 decline by 15 percent from 2005, Lu said. [Full Text]
For background on, and analysis of, China’s previous energy efficiency policies, see a report by the China Energy Group, available here.