From Xinhua News Agency:
Official figures from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) show that China will fail to meet its target of reducing energy consumption per unit of GDP by four percent this year.
China has set a unit energy consumption reduction target of 20 percent for the five-year period from 2006 to 2010. The goal is aimed at guiding China’s social and economic development but the country is already well behind schedule.
In fact, China witnessed an increase of 0.8 percent in its energy consumption per unit of GDP in the first half of the year and indexes for major pollutants have continued to rise….[Full Text]