• Chinese transportation gets on the low-carbon track
  • People's Daily 2010-06-08 16:24 Weixueyu
  • Low Carbon Network News:  The Ministry of Transport recently launched a plan to cut carbon emissions by 2.5 million tons in thousands of vehicle, ship, railway and port enterprises by the end of this year.


      
    The transportation industry is a big energy-consuming sector. Currently, its energy consumption accounts for about 8 percent of Chinese society's total, and its carbon dioxide emissions account for about 25 percent of the world's total. China has pledged to cut its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP to at least 40 of its 2005 levels by 2020. The transportation sector will play an increasingly important role in this process.

     

    Take passenger vehicles for example. The average fuel consumption of China's passenger vehicle per hundred kilometers is 8.1 liters, while Europeans countries use about 6.6 liters and Japan's consumption is less than 6 liters. The Chinese transportation industry should learn from the advanced countries.



    China's Ministry of Transport is doing research into the low-carbon transport system. Based on a full absorption of the foreign experience and a correct grasp of China's current transport carbon emissions, the research will bring forward an overall framework of a low-carbon transport system.



    Vice Minister of Transport Gao Hongfeng said, to construct an overall framework of a low-carbon transport system, we need to complete four carbon emission tasks as follows: technical carbon reduction using advanced energy-saving and environmental-protection technologies; structural carbon reduction through strengthening road network construction and adjusting the transport capacity structure; institutional carbon reduction through improving market access and withdrawal mechanisms; consumer carbon reduction by guiding consumers to rationally choose a low-carbon form of transportation.



    Gao said China strives to make notable achievements in terms of structural carbon reduction and technical carbon reduction by 2020, realizing the goal of reducing energy consumption per unit of transport capacity of trucks by 16 percent, ships by 20 percent and reducing the comprehensive energy consumption per production unit at ports by 10 percent compared to 2005 levels.



    In this special action, the transportation sector has adopted the principles of low-carbon transportation. Low-carbon transportation is a kind of transportation development mode featuring energy-efficiency, low consumption, low pollution and low emissions. Its main goals are to enhance energy efficiency, improve the energy structure and optimize the development mode of the transport.



    Let's look at the vehicle industry first. China will gradually promote the drive to save energy and promote alternative-energy vehicles. At the World Expo in Shanghai, there are more than a thousand alternative-energy vehicles for visitors to use in the Expo Park. These alternative-energy vehicles could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 13,000 tons so that public transportation with "zero emissions" is possible in the park.



    The ship industry will comprehensively push for the standardization of ship shapes to promote energy efficiency. Backward ship shapes with high energy consumption and high pollution will not be allowed to enter the market. For instance, from 2002 to 2009, the standard rate of ships in Chongqing City reached 35 percent, and the energy consumption per unit of the ship dropped by 62 percent. This achievement made Chongqing a low-carbon model of inland river shipping in China.

     

    The Ministry of Transport recently launched a plan to cut carbon emissions by 2.5 million tons in thousands of vehicle, ship, railway and port enterprises by the end of this year.


      
    The transportation industry is a big energy-consuming sector. Currently, its energy consumption accounts for about 8 percent of Chinese society's total, and its carbon dioxide emissions account for about 25 percent of the world's total. China has pledged to cut its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP to at least 40 of its 2005 levels by 2020. The transportation sector will play an increasingly important role in this process.



     

     In this special action, the transportation sector has adopted the principles of low-carbon transportation. Low-carbon transportation is a kind of transportation development mode featuring energy-efficiency, low consumption, low pollution and low emissions. Its main goals are to enhance energy efficiency, improve the energy structure and optimize the development mode of the transport.



    Let's look at the vehicle industry first. China will gradually promote the drive to save energy and promote alternative-energy vehicles. At the World Expo in Shanghai, there are more than a thousand alternative-energy vehicles for visitors to use in the Expo Park. These alternative-energy vehicles could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 13,000 tons so that public transportation with "zero emissions" is possible in the park.



    The ship industry will comprehensively push for the standardization of ship shapes to promote energy efficiency. Backward ship shapes with high energy consumption and high pollution will not be allowed to enter the market. For instance, from 2002 to 2009, the standard rate of ships in Chongqing City reached 35 percent, and the energy consumption per unit of the ship dropped by 62 percent. This achievement made Chongqing a low-carbon model of inland river shipping in China.