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Lawmakers look at climate change

THE country's top legislature will consider a draft resolution on climate change and a draft amendment to its renewable energy law at a bimonthly session scheduled from August 24 to 27, according to the legislative body yesterday.

National People's Congress lawmakers will deliberate a State Council, or Cabinet, work report on the handling of climate change, according to a meeting of the legislature.

The current three-year-old renewable energy law aims to promote the development of green energy such as wind and solar power, hydro energy, biomass, geothermal and ocean energy.

It also aims to ensure energy security and protect the environment.

The country issued a national plan on the development of renewable energy in September 2007, saying China will increase the portion of renewable resources to 15 percent of total energy consumption by 2020 in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pursue sustainable economic growth.

In a State Council meeting last Wednesday, the Cabinet reiterated its stance of sticking to the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, according to its statement.

The government will continue to work with other countries and play a constructive role for the success of the Copenhagen conference in December, according to the statement.

China will also include its climate change strategy in its economic and social development planning, the statement said.

The country's short-term goals are to meet the 2010 targets of reducing energy consumption for every 10,000 yuan (US$1,470) of GDP by 20 percent, raising the ratio of renewable energy to 10 percent of the total, and achieving forest coverage of 20 percent.

Meanwhile, lawmakers will also deliberate on a law regulating the armed police for the second time. It was first considered in April.

They will also deliberate a draft resolution on the amendment of laws and consider for the third time a draft law relating to the administration of government functions, which had its second reading in October 2007.


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