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Conservation, cleaner fuels top energy plan
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-12-29 11:38
Shanghai has elevated the use of cleaner-burning fuels and conservation to the top of its energy strategy for the next few years, according to a white paper published by city government yesterday.

Municipal officials said Shanghai's lack of primary energy resources such as coal and crude oil is a key challenge for its development, especially at a time when international events such as the 2010 World Expo are scheduled to be held here.

"Our energy supply capability is weak," the government report said. "The situation requires us to accelerate the building of our power infrastructure."

The white paper said Shanghai plans to cut coal's contribution to its primary energy consumption from 52.8 percent in 2005 to 46 percent by 2010 to help reduce pollution.

The share of cleaner-burning natural gas will be raised to seven percent from 3.1 percent during the same period. To help achieve this target, a 25-year supply deal was secured in September, under which the Malaysian oil firm Petronas will start supplying liquefied natural gas to a terminal at the Yangshan Deep-Water Port in 2009.

Renewable resources, such as wind and solar power will contribute 0.5 percent of the city's energy needs by 2010, from zero in 2005. The increased use of such clean energy is being promoted to help Shanghai reduce pollution, a byproduct of the city's galloping economic growth over the past few decades.

Zhou Fengqi, a senior research fellow at the energy research institute of the National Development and Reform Commission, said earlier that Shanghai should quickly advance the commercial use of more such "good quality" resources rather than coal, adding that the city's relatively wealthy population can afford the possible higher costs.

On the conservation front, city government said it will tighten controls on high energy users, speed up equipment and technology upgrades and offer state funding and preferential tax policies.

Shanghai reaffirmed yesterday it will reduce energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product by 20 percent in five years through 2010, in line with national requirements.
Source:Shanghai Daily 
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