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Green funding to help in economy’s shift

CHINA will establish a green financing mechanism to facilitate the economy’s transition featuring sustainable growth, a senior official of the Ministry of Finance said yesterday.

According to the guidelines released on Wednesday by the People's Bank of China and six other central authorities, China will be the first country worldwide to establish a green financing mechanism.

Among the multitude of incentives proposed to promote green finance, the guideline suggested the setting up of a green development fund, which could cut investors’ financing costs or boost their profits.

The ministry will integrate several special funds on energy conservation and environment protection to provide funding for the green development fund and invest in green industry, a strong message showing the central government’s commitment to green development, said the official.

The official said that local governments will be encouraged to establish funds to encourage more private capital to invest in green sectors.

The ministry has always been an advocate for the green industry.

Fiscal expenditure on environment protection in 2015 hit 480.3 billion yuan (US$72.8 billion), up 26 percent year on year, the official said.

More fiscal policies supporting green financing will be implemented, including fiscal interest deduction and public-private partnership projects, which will promote the development of green industry and provide a healthy policy environment for green financing, said the official.

Meanwhile, the official said China will continue to enhance international cooperation in the green financing field to attract more investment.

China has included green financing on the agenda the Group of 20 summit for the first time to encourage more investment in green projects and build international consensus around green finance.


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