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China launches sector-specific initiatives for energy conservation, carbon reduction

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China launches sector-specific initiatives for energy conservation, carbon reduction

2024-05-22 03:08 Last Updated At:05:27

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced on Tuesday new sector-specific initiatives aimed at enhancing energy conservation and carbon reduction, underscoring China's commitment to a comprehensive green transformation of its economic and social development.

Speaking at a press briefing, an NDRC spokesperson emphasized the considerable potential for upgrades across various sectors to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Currently, over 60 percent of existing boilers, motors, transformers, and other equipment operate below the levels of advanced efficiency, while more than one-third of existing buildings fall short of national energy-saving standards.

The forthcoming measures will include comprehensive energy efficiency diagnostics and the widespread adoption of advanced technologies, which are expected to steadily decrease energy consumption.

"We must integrate energy-saving and carbon-reduction transformations in key sectors with large-scale equipment upgrades and consumer goods replacement initiatives. We will conduct thorough energy efficiency diagnostics for key energy-consuming units, explore in depth the energy-saving potential in industries, buildings, transportation, and public institutions, and expedite the upgrading of energy-saving and carbon-reduction measures and the renewal of energy-consuming equipment," said NDRC spokesperson Li Chao.

China is planning to enhance the energy-saving review system for fixed-asset investment projects and strengthen both during- and after-implementation supervision.

The government will also accelerate the development and revision of energy-saving standards and improve energy conservation supervision in accordance with the law.

China launches sector-specific initiatives for energy conservation, carbon reduction

China launches sector-specific initiatives for energy conservation, carbon reduction

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Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

2024-07-20 07:14 Last Updated At:08:27

China's border ports have been implementing a range of cargo facilitation policies, leading to a surge in cargo throughput, with a nearly 57 percent year-on-year increase in the inspection of transportation vehicles in the first half of 2024.

According to the data recently released by the National Immigration Administration, China's ports inspected about 15.42 million vehicle, vessel, and train trips in the first six months of this year, a 56.9 percent jump from the same period last year.

The border ports have rolled out a series of measures to streamline customs clearance for cargo. At major land ports, fast lanes have been set up for the rapid release of critical supplies. At major seaports, online declaration has been enabled for border inspection boarding. In international shipping, arriving vessels can have much faster departures thanks to the efficient inspections.

The combined sea-rail transport model, utilizing maritime routes and the China-Europe freight train service, has made the port of Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu Province one of the most convenient and economical gateways to the sea. It handles more than 80 percent of Kazakhstan's transit cargo to China.

At the port, containers carrying with auto parts, home appliances, and other products are offloaded, hoisted onto trucks, and then loaded onto China-Europe freight trains bound for destinations like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

"From unloading to boarding the freight train, the entire process can now be completed in as little as eight minutes. These containers are expected to reach the border ports within six days, greatly reducing transportation time and cost," said a logistics company employee.

The Youyi Pass in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, also known as Friendship Pass, on the China-Vietnam border is an important cross-national trade channel. To enhance the clearance efficiency of imported fruits, the port has established "durian-only" channels and green channels for agricultural products, as well as an intelligent inspection assistance system. A Chinese cargo truck can now clear customs in just 15 seconds.

As the country's largest land port for fruit imports and exports, the Youyi Pass saw fruit imports worth 23.92 billion yuan (about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 2023, a 262.9-percent surge year on year.

Pattama Narmwong, chairman of the Thai Mangosteen Association, noted that the greatly improved clearance efficiency has considerably cut down on transportation time and costs, supporting the burgeoning development of fruit trade between China and Southeast Asian nations.

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

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