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Our low-carbon future

THE World Expo Shanghai 2010 will realize 60 to 70 percent of carbon offsetting before the event ends on October 31 and reach carbon equilibrium in four to five years afterward through low-carbon technologies and greenland construction, city officials told a news conference featuring a low-carbon Expo yesterday, World Environment Day.

An English version of the VER (voluntary emission reduction) online platform was launched at yesterday to offer guidance on a low-carbon lifestyle and teach enterprises and individuals how to offset their carbon emissions through VER purchases.

A low-carbon environment is one of the themes of of the World Expo. The Expo designs, pavilion construction and zone operations are all in line with the low-carbon environmental protection concept.

This makes the Expo a high-tech platform to showcase and demonstrate concepts and technologies to control carbon emissions and promote carbon offsetting, officials said.

Advanced technologies for energy saving, and environmental and ecological protection such as solar energy, LED (light emitting diode) lighting, ground source heat pumps, roof rainwater harvesting, river water cooling, advanced garbage collection and water saving irrigation have been used in the Expo. These will also be introduced to urban construction in the city and help promote the development of the low-carbon industry after the event ends.

"Since the Expo opened on May 1, the solar photovoltaic power inside the zone has generated 1.2 million kilowatt-hours and water cooling technologies saved 5.64 million kilowatt-hours of power on air conditioning," said Sun Jian, vice director of Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau. "All green technologies in the first month saved 12,700 tons of carbon dioxide emissions compared to using traditional technologies."

According to the authorities, Shanghai will carry out trials of rainwater collecting and recycling on new public projects such as government buildings, stations, airport and coach terminal buildings in the 12th five-year plan (2010 to 2015).

Roof greenery is also to be promoted in public buildings and residential complexes to help achieve a low-carbon city.


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