Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday called on the nation to redouble its efforts to
tackle pollution and global warming, according to a statement posted on the
Speaking during a government meeting on energy saving and climate change, Wen
said the country needed to fully grasp the urgency of the task at hand.
"We should show more determination and take stronger measures to address this
issue in an urgent manner," he said in a statement posted on www.gov.cn.
The statement offered no new policy initiatives but appeared to serve as a
reminder that China is serious about trying to reduce its consumption of oil,
gas and coal and to rein in the emissions causing global warming.
Wen has spoken previously about the huge challenges China faces as it
struggles to meet energy efficiency goals in the face of unbridled economic
China's ability to meet its energy-saving targets was crucial to ensuring
Beijing's credibility and fulfilling the country's responsibilities on the world
stage, the statement said.
The government needed to conduct further studies on policies related to
climate change, it added.
Beijing has said it aims to reduce emissions of major industrial pollutants
by 10 percent and cut the amount of energy used to generate each dollar of
income by 20 percent between 2006 and 2010.
Also yesterday, the country's top economic policymaking agency said the most
stringent water treatment standards will be practiced in three freshwater lake
basins - Taihu, Dianchi and Chaohu - which have recently suffer algae outbreaks.
The National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC) posted its treatment
plan for the lakes on the website.
The plan, by its Deputy Director Du Ying, requires the top standard for
wastewater treatment to be applied soon in places around Taihu and Dianchi
Lakes, and later in Chaohu Lake.
According to the highest standard, the chemical oxygen demand (COD), a major
water pollution index, will be reduced from the current 60 mg per liter to 50 mg
per liter. Suspended solids are to be cut from 20 mg per liter to 10 mg per
liter. And coli groups are to be cut from 10,000 per liter to 1,000 per liter.
Meanwhile, the NDRC also ordered the lake areas to take the national lead to
practice all the 106 items of the new potable water test, which came into effect
Agencies contributed to the story
(China Daily 07/10/2007 page3)