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Expo visitors encouraged to think green

SHANGHAI is encouraging residents and visitors to choose greener forms of transport to ensure a better environment during the 2010 World Expo.

Details of public transport and road conditions will be available online and via cell phones in March, Zhang Jianyu, program manager of the US-based Environmental Defense Fund in China, told a forum for sustainable development in the city yesterday.

"Green commuting consists of choosing green transport like the Metro, rail, cycling and walking. If traveling by air is inevitable, we encourage people to buy carbon credits, which is spent on planting trees to offset your carbon footprint," said Zhang.

Shanghai is determined to have a low-carbon Expo.

"We are making the Expo a great opportunity to promote the concept and practice of low-carbon economy and environment protection," said Xu Zhanguo from Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau. "We are broadening the use of clean energy like solar power and wind power."

He said a comprehensive public traffic system was under construction for the event.


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