The Chinese government recently made it public news that this country is soon to make major investments in up-greening its energy policies, meaning that by optimizing the ways in which various industries use and abuse power, this nation will succeed in significantly cutting down on its ecological footprint.
Thus, according to an official report released by the State Council, about $372 billion (roughly €298 billion / ₤235 billion) will be spent on various projects aimed at promoting energy saving and energy efficiency.
The official web portal
for the Chinese government explains that these measures, which are expected to be implemented over the next three-and-a-half years, need be regarded as the equivalent of no longer burning about 300 million tonnes of coal.
Apparently, in order to make sure that this energy-saving plan will run as smoothly as possible, the country's major energy consumers will have to undergo yearly evaluations, so as to make sure that they are indeed abiding by the new rules and regulations, and that their agenda agrees with the new national standards in terms of energy use.
Naturally, those found to have slipped off this green track will be held responsible for their deeds, so odds are that most of the companies and industries targeted will do everything in their power to show that they can align themselves to new sustainability standards.
China's State Council also announced that steel manufacturers, coal-fired power plants, and those in the business of producing cement are three major industries that need to work towards energy efficiency as soon as possible.
Apparently, these major energy savings that China wishes to see become a reality in the not-too-distant future will not only help cut down on the country's ecological footprint, but will also boost its energy security.
Thus, seeing how the country's industrial development over the past few years has turned it into a major importer of oil, gas, and coal, requiring to use fewer amounts of these resources will most likely translate into financial benefits and power security, as international markets for these fuels tend to push for rather high prices.