China meets 5-year target to cut energy intensity: report

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has met its target to cut the amount of energy produced per unit of GDP growth by 20 percent over the 2006-2010 period, official news agency Xinhua said, citing the chief of the country’s planning agency.

Zhang Ping, the director of the National Development and Reform Commission, speaking at a work conference, said China “could basically meet its goal” but he added that detailed data had yet to be released.

Big industrial regions such as Hebei province launched punishing campaigns in the second half of 2010 to fulfill their local targets, and hundreds of steel mills, aluminum plants and other big energy guzzlers were forced to close.

Chinese officials are still deliberating on energy intensity targets for the next five years, but Chinese media reports suggested last October that the figure for 2011-2015 could be 17.3 percent.

China also aimed to reduce key pollutants like sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and chemical oxygen demand by 10 percent over the 2006-2010 period. Xie Zhenhua, NDRC’s vice-director, said at the end of November that those targets had already been met.

Reporting by Tom Miles and David Stanway; Editing by Jacqueline Wong