China hailed for pol­lu­tion con­trol ef­fort

UN will pro­vide the coun­try with ex­per­tise, as­sist it in shar­ing its ex­pe­ri­ence, of­fi­cial says

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@ chi­

China is mak­ing progress bat­tling pol­lu­tion through ef­fec­tive mea­sures like re­duc­ing coal con­sump­tion and in­creas­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles, which could in­spire other coun­tries, the UN en­vi­ron­ment head said.

Pol­lu­tion is a huge is­sue in many cities in China, but gov­ern­ments have been tack­ling these is­sues, like clos­ing down fac­to­ries and in­creas­ing the num­ber of elec­tric ve­hi­cles to re­duce pol­lu­tion from cars, said Erik Sol­heim, head of the United Na­tions En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gram.

He praised China as a main driver of the global en­vi­ron­men­tal agenda and for tak­ing a lead­ing role in ex­pand­ing re­new­able en­ergy like wind power, and re­duc­ing coal con­sump­tion, which “all would be valu­able for the other parts of the world”.

“China is mak­ing huge progress in tack­ling pol­lu­tion in its cities and im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for its peo­ple,” said Sol­heim, who at­tended the an­nual meet­ing of the China Coun­cil for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion on En­vi­ron­ment and Devel­op­ment, a high level in­ter­na­tional ad­vi­sory body on en­vi­ron­ment and devel­op­ment.

A pre­vi­ous re­port from the UNEP in May hailed B e i j i n g ’s ef­forts in re­duc­ing air pol­lu­tion, say­ing that from 1998 to 2013 the metropo­lis saw its pop­u­la­tion grow by 70 per­cent, the num­ber of reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles triple and en­ergy con­sump­tion in­crease by 77 per­cent.

But the con­cen­tra­tion of ma­jor air­borne pol­lu­tants like sul­fur diox­ide de­creased dra­mat­i­cally by 78 per­cent dur­ing the pe­riod, and ni­tro­gen ox­ides were re­duced by 24 per­cent, the re­port said.

The UNEP will con­tinue to sup­port China’s ef­forts in re­duc­ing pol­lu­tion, like pro­vid­ing it with the ex­per­tise from other coun­tries in this field and as­sist­ing China in shar­ing its ex­pe­ri­ence in tack­ling pol­lu­tion, he said.

Sol­heim said that some de­vel­op­ing coun­tries may learn from China, adding that China is not only rapidly build­ing mass trans­port sys­tems in its own big cities, but also as­sist­ing other de­vel­op­ing na­tions to do the same.

Cal­lig­ra­phers show their works fea­tur­ing the word or change, after the Chi­nese char­ac­ter of the year across the Tai­wan Straits was an­nounced in Taipei, Tai­wan, on Fri­day. More than 7.35 mil­lion votes, a record high, were col­lected for the poll of the an­nual char­ac­ter, which started on Nov 8.

Trash prob­lem looms for Asia-Pa­cific


Erik Sol­heim, head of the United Na­tions En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gram

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