SHANGHAI: More than 96
percent of this city's residents are willing to buy energy-saving lamps, fridges
and air-conditioners, according to the results of a survey released this week by
the Shanghai Association of Quality (SAQ).
More than 5,000 people in 19 districts around Shanghai were queried about
their daily habits for the survey, and almost all of them agreed that they were
prepared to pay more for goods that save energy and cut emissions. Yet half of
them also said they hoped the government could offer some kind of subsidies to
support the purchase of energy-saving products, the survey showed.
Some 66.1 percent of the respondents agreed with the argument that "economic
development should be moderately controlled to save energy and cut emissions",
while 60.1 percent believed that energy saving was an "urgent task" and required
the efforts of all citizens.
"We need stricter rules on energy and environmental protection in relation to
our natural resources," said Yu Zhaoxiang, a chemistry professor at Tongji
University. "But it is also the duty of every citizen to do what we can."
The survey also revealed some of the steps Shanghai locals have already taken
to help save energy, such as turning up the temperature on their
air-conditioners to save electricity, recycling water at home and storing up
laundry to wash at the weekend.
The SAQ's survey showed a 20 percent increase in public awareness of
environmental issues compared to the results of a similar survey in 2005. The
latest survey also showed that 30 percent of citizens are now buying "green"
food and recycled paper.
The percentage of green purchases in the 2005 survey was zero.
More than half the private car owners surveyed said they were willing to take
public transport in order to cut down on exhaust emissions.
The survey also revealed citizens' opinions on pollution in the city. Water
pollution was ranked as the most serious issue, followed by exhaust emissions,
solid rubbish pollution and noise pollution. However, automobile exhaust
emissions were considered the hardest to bear.