CHINA FAILS ENVIRONMENT TARGETS

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CHINA FAILS ENVIRONMENT TARGETS

 user 2007-01-15 at 10:52:00 am Views: 49
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    China fails environment targets
    China
    is failing to meet new targets on energy efficiency and pollution
    emissions, officials said.China set the targets in a bid to rein in the
    environmental costs of the country’s rapid economic growth.But only
    Beijing and five other provinces or municipalities improved efficiency
    by 4% and cut emissions by 2% in the first six months of
    2006.”Nationwide, it is certain that last year’s [targets] could not be
    achieved,” official Han Wenke said.Chinese officials did not say how
    much the targets had been missed by.The new targets are part of the
    2006-10 Five Year Plan, and call for energy consumption per unit of GDP
    to be cut by 20%, while pollution emissions should fall 10%.While
    figures for the second half of the year are not available, National
    Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Minister Ma Kai said in
    December “it is extremely hard to achieve this year’s goal”, according
    to the official China Daily.He cited problems with China’s industrial
    structure and a lack of supportive policies.The BBC’s Dan Griffiths, in
    Beijing, says much of China’s airborne pollution comes from large
    coal-burning power stations and car exhaust fumes, neither of which can
    be reduced quickly.Many factories also ignore the law and pump toxic
    waste into rivers and lakes.And with the country still focused on
    breakneck economic growth, there is little sign that things are going
    to get better any time soon, our correspondent says.Another senior
    officials said the situation was worse than ever.”2006 has been the
    most grim year for China’s environmental situation,” vice-minister Pan
    Yue was quoted as saying on the Web site of the State Environmental
    Protection Administration (Sepa).