BEIJING - Over half the buildings constructed in northern China in 2009 were not equipped with heat-metering devices, resulting in their failing to meet China's energy-saving standards, an inspection report released on Monday said.
The inspection, conducted by China's top legislature, found that over two billion square meters of space in old buildings in north China need to be renovated to save energy.
So far, only five percent of that space has been renovated.
"Concerning the implementation of the Law on Energy Conservation, there are still many problems which require attention," said Hua Jianmin, vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), when briefing lawmakers on the report.
Inspectors consisting of NPC deputies toured eight provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities including Tianjin, Shanxi, Liaoning, Jilin, and Zhejiang to check the enforcement of the Energy Conservation Law.
In addition, figures from the report showed that high-energy-consumption industries accounted for some 80 percent of the country's total industrial energy consumption last year.
"The industrial development -- especially that of high-consumption heavy industry -- has been overly fast, which greatly boosted the country's energy consumption on the whole," Hua said, adding that a large amount of technology and equipment in this industry is outdated.