BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhua) -- The temperature of all
China's air-conditioned public rooms should be kept at no lower than 26 degrees
centigrade, the State Council said on Sunday.
The State Council, or the cabinet, imposed the limit
in a circular to all central and local government bodies, as an effort to save
China's limited energy resources and brace for the upcoming electricity demand
peak in summer.
All government agencies, associations, groups,
companies and private owners in public buildings should "strictly comply with
this rule", said the circular.
Doors and windows should be closed when air
conditioners are on, added the circular, which also sets the temperature ceiling
in winter at 20 degrees centigrade.
The circular also bans air-conditioners with low
energy efficiency from entering the market and encourages users to make
technical changes to make air-conditioners more energy-saving.
China's need of energy has soared as the economy has
grown. The shortages of coal, electric power, petroleum and shipping capacity
are the big challenges that China faces in its development.
On the same day, the State Council reiterated its
intention to meet strict energy efficiency and pollutant reduction targets in an
official work plan.
The plan shows that China will stick to the original
plan of energy saving as well as reducing major pollutant discharges by