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China’s new leaders have declared ecological progress as a top national priority. Billions will be spent on measures to reduce energy consumption and to lower the country’s carbon intensity. Already a world leader in renewable energy development and deployment, China is reaching out to the world both as a purchaser of key commodities and as a supplier of technologies, consumer products, and investment capital. China also has a significant appetite to grow its intellectual capital and domestic technology innovation capacity. Developing China’s economy while responding to increased environmental and quality of life goals present both challenges and opportunities for global suppliers. These sessions in this theme explore the many dimensions of the new China and our shared future.
LESSONS FROM THE ROAD: CHINA’S JOURNEY TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY
China’s Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) and other government policies have set ambitious targets for greener growth and greater social stability in rural and inland areas. While many of these targets have yet to be achieved, China has already become one of the world’s largest market forces for renewable energy deployment due in part to the central government’s commitment to improving the country’s environment. With the next Five-Year Plan due to begin, what opportunities does China’s environmental policy landscape create and what exactly are China’s environmental policy priorities? Interact with those who are helping China complete its long journey toward sustainability.
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