Conference celebrates low carbon day
To mark China's Low Carbon Day, Zhejiang province holds a conference in Anji county, Huzhou city on July 2. [Photo/ zj.zjol.com.cn]
To celebrate China's Low Carbon Day, Zhejiang province officially published the 2019 Zhejiang Low-Carbon Development Report at a conference in Anji county, Huzhou city on July 2.
The report shows that Zhejiang reduced carbon emissions in 2019. The province has taken a number of measures to this end, such as regularly analyzing carbon emissions, accelerating the transition into a low-carbon economy, building a carbon emission permit trading system, and promoting a low-carbon lifestyle.
"Zhejiang's carbon emissions have declined 13.99 percent since the start of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020), exceeding its original target. This has created a solid foundation for the province to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20.5 percent, another goal set for the same time period," Yang Shouquan, deputy director of the Zhejiang Economic Information Center, said at the conference.
According to the report, a total of four industrial zones and 57 factories in Zhejiang province were designated as national-level examples of green development in 2019; the service industry, characterized by low carbon emissions, had a 58.9 percent contribution rate to the province's gross domestic product growth in 2019.
Anji county, where the conference was held, is China's only pilot county for the implementation of the "Two Mountains" Theory—that "lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets". Utilizing its abundant forest resources, the county has established the first carbon flux observing system for moso bamboos and the first bamboo forest carbon sequestration pilot zone in the world.
Attendees of the conference plant trees in a village in Anji county following the conference, looking to raise awareness of carbon reduction among the general public. [Photo/ zj.zjol.com.cn]