2021-09 16
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China's National Games aim to achieve carbon neutrality



China's 14th National Games, which opened on Wednesday night, are expected to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality throughout the 13-day schedule of events, its organizers said. For the first time in National Games history, China has proposed the goal of carbon neutrality in sports as it advocates green development. An estimated 200,000 tonnes of carbon emissions will be produced during this year's National Games, scheduled for September 15-27, which will be neutralized through emission reduction, carbon sink and the purchase of Chinese Certified Emission Reductions. A total of 8,198 industrial sources, 5,207 dust sources, 43,600 mobile sources and 45,000 food and catering sources will be included in the list for air quality control during the Games. China aims to reach a carbon peak by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality nationwide by 2060. "Carbon neutrality" means using afforestation, energy conservation and emission reduction to offset greenhouse gas emissions, realizing a relative "zero emission." Source:CGTN Author:CGTN Date:September 16, 2021

2021-09 06
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Intl. Trade in Services Fair: Smart, low-carbon construction trends at CIFITS



From 2022 Winter Olympic venues to the very infrastructure for this year's international service trade fair, construction and engineering have gone greener and smarter, as participants at the trade in services fair show Beijing's determination to meet its low-carbon goals. CGTN's Sun Ye has this report.  Perhaps nowhere else in the Chinese capital can better demonstrate Beijing's commitment and drive to go green than here. The Shougang Park is a former steel-making complex that has been turned into a champion of a green lifestyle.  It's a park now, turning its workshops into conference-rooms and show rooms, as it now hosts the international service trade fair. YU HUA Design Director of Beijing Shougang Construction & Investment "If you look at the CIFITS exhibition halls, they are part of our green, low-carbon, reusable efforts. We can dismantle these steel exhibition halls for reuse too. And we also have other areas outdoors, built green, so there's no need for air conditioning." The park will also feature in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. And companies at the fair are also showcasing how the Games venues' will be smart, multi-functional, and energy saving, including plans to convert the Water Cube, into the Ice Cube. YANG XIAOYI China State Construction Engineering Corporation NO.1 Bureau "This plan not only would change water to ice, but would allow the venue to also quickly transform into a convention center. Our solution ensures a fast transition between three different functions, as quick as 15 days time." The company is also showing how tech has made the center sensitive, even caring: it keeps temperatures at minus 8.5 Celcius on the ice surface, but a stable 16 to 18 degrees for spectators.  Also on show new raw materials that going to the roads and highways to the Olympic venues. So what remains of the steel factory, including the rust and the pipes, remind us that they are really a thing of the past. Source:CGTN Author:Sun Ye Date:September 6, 2021

2021-09 05
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China, U.S. agree climate change cooperation is a window of opportunity to address bilateral tensions



China and the United States are the world's biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, which is seen as a major contributor to global warming. The two countries have seen their relations drop to their lowest level in years recently over a range of different issues. However, they say they're ready to put those complex differences aside for the planet's future. Source:CGTN Author:CGTN Date:September 5, 2021

2021-09 01
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Wenzhou's Yueqing: China's 'electrical town' powers low-carbon growth



Situated on the southeast coast of east China's Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou is known for its booming private sector. In the 1970s, it was a test case for China's market reforms, relying heavily on small- and medium-sized enterprises focused on low-end manufacturing for export. Now, the famous "Wenzhou Model" is undergoing a digital upgrade, driven by a county-level city called Yueqing.  From solar panels to charging stations for electric vehicles, Yueqing is home to key companies that built much of China's "smart grid" infrastructure. At the heart of it is how 5G and cloud platforms can provide electricity at low cost – benefiting both users and the environment. Some of the answers are on show at the CHINT IoT and Sensors Industrial Park, a $320-million project, named after the company that spearheaded it. From switch maker to industry behemoth Thirty-seven years ago, CHINT was a small factory that made electric switches. Now, it's the nation's biggest supplier of rooftop solar panels, with a wide range of electronic products. The Shanghai-listed firm posted $5.1 billion in revenues in 2020. It became the highest-valued company in Wenzhou as share prices soared to a record high in July this year. With the industrial and incubation park, CHINT wants to showcase itself as a leader in the energy supply chain and demonstrate how it works with other key players to create an energy ecosystem. Part of that means building hybrid systems that integrate wind, solar and thermal power to provide a continuous supply of electricity. The systems can be digitally controlled via cloud computing to reduce energy wastage. "Developing clean and safe energy systems is very difficult and requires collaboration across multiple fields. Improving the energy and product structures is key," said Huang Bingrong, deputy director of CHINT IoT and Sensors Industrial Park. Another example of a compact solution sits right outside the industrial park: street lights. The humble lampposts are fitted with high-tech sensors, cameras and LED screens. They can monitor traffic, track air quality and provide Wi-Fi – the bigger poles even double as landing pads for drones. The drones are deployed routinely to check road conditions, and can help with emergency and disaster response by taking aerial images.  CHINT says their technologies have been exported to 140 countries, with products ranging from power sockets to smart home appliances and solar farms. "When we do business with the world, we work hard and adapt well. For example, we were tasked to install electricity for a makeshift hospital in Egypt when COVID-19 broke the global supply chain, but we were able to finish the job in 10 days," said Zhang Zhihuan, vice president of CHINT Electric. "Electrical Town" Yueqing is dubbed China's electrical town for its expertise in making equipment for power-related infrastructure, home appliances and telecommunications. Officials say the sector remains robust despite external shocks, such as international trade tensions and rising costs of raw material. "Yueqing doesn't have obvious geographical advantages. So the government has gone to great lengths to curate resources, including land, money and manpower," said Guan Guoqiang, director of Yueqing Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information. "We've transformed old factories to create more space, creating special industry funds and offering housing and schooling benefits for skilled workers and their children." Still, labor shortages remain a problem, with skilled talent gravitating towards the provincial capital Hangzhou and the southern tech hub of Shenzhen. Officials hope policy incentives that focus on high tech innovation and new incubators led by major companies will be the key to unlocking the town's future. Source:CGTN Author:CGTN Date:September 1, 2021

2021-08 25
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China's greening plan to achieve carbon goals and the benefits



China plans to plant 500 million mu (about 33.33 million hectares) of forests and grasslands in the next five years to help achieve its carbon emission reduction goals, according to the country's forestry authorities. The task includes planting about 36,000 hectares of trees and about 30,667 hectares of grass each year, said Zhang Wei, head of the ecological protection and restoration department of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA). The afforestation plan is part of China's efforts to fulfill its commitment to peaking carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, as forests and grasslands are important carbon sinks that absorb and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The latest research shows that the forest overage rate at the end of last year has reached 23.04 percent from 8.6 percent in 1949. China aims to increase its forest coverage rate to 24.1 percent and its grassland vegetation coverage to 57 percent by 2025, as outlined in its 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) on the protection and development of forests and grasslands. The country also aims to raise its forest stock volume to 19 billion cubic meters by the end of 2025, an increase of 1.4 billion cubic meters from last year. China has also established a new national park system to ramp up ecological protection. Over 1.1 million impoverished people have been hired as forest rangers in charge of protecting the country's forests, wetlands, grasslands, deserts and wildlife. Also see: -How does China make the world greener? -What does a forest ranger do?  -A look at China's National Park system The carbon peak and carbon neutrality targets are a huge opportunity for the development of forests and grasslands as the country eyes the expansion of forest coverage and the improvement of forest quality to facilitate the attainment of the climate goals and contribute to global ecological security. China's forest carbon reserves have hit 9.2 billion tonnes, with an average annual increase of over 200 million tonnes over the past five years, which is equivalent to a carbon sink of 700 million to 800 million tonnes, according to NFGA data. The country has created the world's largest planted forests, raising its forest cover from 12 percent in the early 1980s to 23.04 percent in 2020, with its forest stock volume hitting 17.56 billion cubic meters. As a result of sustained forest conservation and tree planting efforts, at least 25 percent of the global foliage expansion since the early 2000s came from China, according to a study published in the journal Nature Sustainability in 2019. In addition to afforestation, Zhang said work will be carried out to improve the quality of forests and their ability to reserve carbon. He said work will be done to protect the natural resources, reduce carbon pool loss, and develop forest bioenergy. Construction materials, such as steel and cement, will be replaced with bamboo and timber to cut emissions. He said China will also improve its measuring and monitoring of carbon sinks, promote carbon sink trading and explore ways to build a platform for forest and grassland carbon sink trading over the next five years. In Inner Mongolia, an important ecological barrier in north China, an average of 600,000 hectares of land have been afforested annually over the past five years, raising the region's forest coverage rate to 22.1 percent. Local forestry authorities in the region's Greater Hinggan Mountains Forest Area have been piloting a carbon sink trading project since 2014, allowing companies that surpass their emission caps to purchase carbon sinks in the area to offset excess emissions. By April this year, the carbon sink trade transaction volume in the area totaled 4.9 million yuan (about $757,340). Zhang said the participation of private capital in the carbon emissions reduction campaign will be encouraged and that the government is ready to help key regions, organizers of major events, enterprises and the public achieve carbon neutrality with forest and grassland carbon sinks. Source:CGTN Author:CGTN Date:August 25, 2021