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Chinese president says to further integrate actions on climate change into economic development

2009-09-23 08:55 BJT

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao Tuesday announced four measures that China will adopt to further integrate actions on climate change into its economic and social development plan.

First, China will intensify effort to conserve energy and improve energy efficiency, and endeavor to cut carbon dioxide emissions per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by a notable margin by 2020 from the 2005 level, Hu said at the UN Summit on Climate Change.

"Second, we will vigorously develop renewable energy and nuclear energy. We will endeavor to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 15 percent by 2020," he added.

Third, China will energetically increase forest carbon sink and endeavor to increase forest coverage by 40 million hectares and forest stock volume by 1.3 billion cubic meters by 2020 from the 2005 levels, Hu said.

"Fourth, we will step up effort to develop green economy, low-carbon economy and circular economy, and enhance research, development and dissemination of climate-friendly technologies," he added.

The Chinese president arrived here Monday for the UN climate change summit and other UN meetings. He will also attend a financial summit of the Group of 20 (G20) in Pittsburgh scheduled for Sept. 24-25.

Editor: Liu Anqi | Source: Xinhua