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行进中的低碳中国 China is on the right track


–Mengxiao Han, Nanjing China

How has the country’s low-carbon path developed – and what lies in its future? china dialogue spoke to Wu Changhua, director for Greater China.

ChinaDialogue: During the low-carbon cities project, which the Climate Group organized this year, what was the attitude of local government and businesses towards the development of the low-carbon economy?

WC:We chose six Chinese cities in which to run demonstration projects aimed at solving local issues. The solar-powered LED lighting project in

Guiyang, in Guizhou province, is underway. When Tony Blair and Jet Li visited in August it was already operating at scale. Preparations are underway for electric vehicle and green building projects in nine cities.

We were very encouraged by positive attitudes to low-carbon cities, both from local government and businesses. They are aware of energy-saving and emissions-reduction issues, and they proposed a lot of good measures. But sometimes they are a bit over-enthusiastic: some see excellent prospects for new energy and want to develop in this direction, so they fund projects blindly, regardless of whether the research-and-development capability or core technologies are in place.

It is still a step forward – the importance of low-carbon development is being recognized; they are very quickly learning how to research markets and make improvements.

CD: What expectations do you have for climate-change conference in Copenhagen? What impact will there be on China?

WC:There’s not much chance of a miracle. US president Barack Obama’s administration is under pressure; he has little political capital left. They are unlikely to take the risk of concrete commitments at Copenhagen.

Personally, considering what is actually feasible, I think an agreement is possible. It should include several mechanisms: in particular, a financial mechanism – this is key. It is hard to say on technology transfer: I hope to see some feasible operating mechanisms come out of that. As for adaptation funds, the developed nations must make quantified commitments.

China has already done much more on climate change than the international community expected, and they can relax in the run-up to, and during, the Copenhagen meeting. All it has to do is explain what it has already done.

The real pressure on China is what to do after Copenhagen. Whatever agreement is reached, we still need to come back home and solve some real problems – area by area, company by company, as we map out a low-carbon path for China.




从地方政府到企业,对建设低碳城市的积极态度让我们觉得非常振奋。他们节能减排的意识都有了,也推出了很多强有力的举措。但有时他们这个低碳环保的发展意 识有点过激。有些城市觉得新能源这个发展方向非常好,不管自己是否有研发能力,是否有核心技术,就很盲目地给予财政支持。一个节能灯公司莫名其妙地被当地 政府请去做八条街的节能灯工程,甚至不需要采集数据,也不审核质量,装起来就放在那里没人管了。再例如万通地产(Beijing Vantone Real Estate Co., Ltd.)的冯仑,脑子非常“绿”,把国外的很多绿色建筑技术原版照搬都用在自己的产品上,弄得非常复杂,住户根本不知道怎么用。








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