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China’s environmental governance attracts world’s attention: official
January 04,2017   By:chinahumanrights.org
Jan. 4, 2017 -- Smog problem not only has an impact on China’s economy, but also attracts world’s attention, said Zou Ji, deputy director of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC).
 
The environmental governance and economic development in China is interactively related. In this regard, China is facing two major challenges. 
 
One is how to promote environmental governance by updating industrial structure; the other one is how to control the rising pollutants from traffic and heating in people’s daily life. Meanwhile, developed countries are going through economic slowdown, which adds more pressure on China’s industrial structure reform, Zou said.
 
China has made all kinds of explorations to cope with the challenges with the control of coal consumption as the key point. Residents are using electricity and gas more instead of coal, VOC emission in construction site is better controlled, driving restrictions are adopted and vehicles are under a more strict emission standard, Zou said.
 
Even though China has endeavored to develop green energy, the existing technology still couldn’t meet the need of economic development. Sustainable development holds the key to coping with the relationship between economic development and smog control, Zou said. 
 
China’s environmental challenge is severe, but it has done better than America and other developed countries at the same development period, according to Bloomberg News. Data show that only 270 of 4,600 factories in China haven’t met the emission standard in a real time emission monitor chart, according to New York Times.

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