China to revise energy conservation law
Updated: 2006-06-13 09:32 China's legislature is
studying how to revise the country's energy conservation law to meet the goals
of both economic development and energy conservation, a senior Chinese
legislator said Monday.
Li Tieying, vice-chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing
Committee, said that the current energy conservation law no longer meets the
country's development needs.
Li said that changing the focus of economic development from energy and
resources consumption to energy saving will have a profound effect on relations
between people, society and nature.
The NPC Standing Committee enacted the Energy Conservation Law of China in
November 1997. It governs the administration of energy, the proper use of energy
resources, promotion of energy-saving technology and protection of the
Research into the effectiveness and enforcement of the law is being conducted
by the NPC Standing Committee, he said.
The NPC Standing Committee also wants to revise the Energy Conservation Law
to secure a strong legal framework for building an energy-saving society, he
Li called for the law and policies to encourage economic growth and energy
conservation, noting that economic development that features high energy
consumption which results in serious pollution and waste is not sustainable.
Li made the remarks at a seminar on energy conservation and legislation.
Li noted that development can not only be concerned with the growth of the
GDP, it must also be in harmony with nature.