Hefei, capital of East China's Anhui province, plans to launch 170 programs worth 371.0 billion yuan ($54.6 billion) in 2017 as part of its efforts to lead the country in low-carbon growth, local authorities said Monday.
The city has recently been designated by the National Development and Reform Commission(NDRC), China’s top economic regulator, as one of the Chinese cities to pilot the nation’s low-carbon initiative, according to the local development and reform commission.
Hefei has been attaching much importance to green development. As early as the 12th Five-Year Plan(2011-2015) period, the local government put the decline in carbon dioxide emission per RMB 10,000 GDP in the city’s economic development blueprint as a constraint indicator.
The city’s energy consumption per unit of GDP has fallen by 5.5 percent, and its carbon dioxide emission per unit of GDP has decreased by 9.1 percent, both higher than the national levels, statistics show.
The forest coverage rate rose from 11.6 percent in 2010 to 26.8 percent in 2015. Clean energy has made up 14.4 percent of the city’s energy consumption portfolio.
The city will make pioneering efforts on carbon-related data management and introduction of low-carbon products and technology, as is required by the NDRC. 170 programs largely concerning green building, smart transport, pollution control of Chaohu River, innovation platforms will be carried out this year.