BEIJING, June 26 (Xinhuanet) -- China will continue to place importance on both
development and saving of resources and attach priority to efficiency so as to
achieve the greatest possible economic and social returns with the least possible
consumption of resources, Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan said here.
Zeng made the remark at the opening ceremony of the China Development Forum
on Building Resource-Efficient Society on Saturday. The two-day forum held in
Beijing attracted more than 200 attendants, including Chinese government
officials, parliamentarians, representatives from international organizationsand
distinguished guests from both China and abroad. The forum is jointly sponsored
by the State Development and Reform Commission and Development Research Center
under the State Council of China. It will conclude on June 26.
Zeng said building a resources-efficient society is a major step that China
takes to remold its development pattern, adding that relevant measures will be
written into the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-2010), the governmental guidelines
for economic and social development for the interim period.
Zeng said in the first two decades of this century, China will pursue a
route of new-style industrialization that features lower consumption of
resources and minimized pollution of the environment.
The Chinese government has just issued two decrees on the current
priorities of building a resources-efficient society and on accelerating the
development of a resources-recycling economy, Zeng said.
Though China had managed to improve resources efficiency, measured by
energy consumption for every 10,000 yuan worth of gross domestic product (GDP),
much faster than the world average in the last 20 years of last century, Zeng
said, China is still faced with a shortage of resources. Since it has a large
base of population (1.3 billion), the average amount of resources that every
Chinese citizen owns is much less than the global level, he added.
Zeng said the acceleration of industrialization and urbanization poses an
imperative demand for the Chinese people tosave resources and find efficient
ways to utilize and recycle resources.
Zeng emphasized that China will exercise economy of resources throughout
all aspects of economic activities, including production, construction, logistic
circulation and consumption. Inorder to develop high efficiency of resources
utilization, Zeng said China is to do the following things:
China will strengthen industrial restructuring by developing service and
high-tech sectors, accelerating renovation of traditional industries and setting
a timetable for phasing out outdated techniques, equipment and products.
China will tighten control of market access to prevent highly
resources-consuming and polluting projects from being built. In addition, China
will encourage the development of construction projects that save land and
China will also strive to reduce loss of resources in the process of
transportation. It will curb wasteful practice in the logistic and distribution
area, while adopting stricter measures to limit the export of products that may
consume excessive resources or incur serious pollution.
China will promote consumption styles that go in line with resources
efficiency. The government will set an example in this respect by saving
resources in public utilities and governmental activities.
China will accelerate the development of resources-recycling economy,
actively push forward clean production, further strengthen pollution control and
develop an economic system that is resources-efficient and environmentally
Zeng said the priorities of building a resources-efficient society are
saving energy, water, raw materials and land and comprehensive use of resources.
China will carry out a number of major energy saving projects to strengthen
energy management and improve efficiency of energy and resources use.
He said the key for building a resources-efficient society liesin
scientific and technological advance. China will meet its practical needs by
developing a great number of key technologies to improve resources efficiency.
He noted that renovation of administrative system provides guarantee for
the development of resources-efficient society. China will let market to play an
even bigger role in resources distribution and develop incentive and control
systems for improving efficiency.
Zeng said public participation is the basis for
building a resources-efficient society. China will enhance publicity and
education in this respect and carry out various activities of resources saving.
The move is aimed to improve the people's awareness of resources efficiency and
encourage public initiatives of saving resources. Enditem