The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in China as outlined
in the Tokyo Protocol was identified yesterday by a senior
environmental official as making the nation one of the most
effective in cutting such emissions.
Since the beginning of 2006 China's emission cuts have been more
than 40 percent of the total reduction of the 40 countries involved
in the Clean Development Mechanism of the Tokyo Protocol, according
to Lu Xuedu, deputy director-general of the office of global
environmental affairs at the Ministry of Science and
Through the mechanism the total reduction in the world at the
end of this year is expected to reach about 106 million Certified
Emission Reductions (CERs). China is expected to achieve more than
46 million CERs.
The mechanism is run on cooperative projects between developing
and developed nations. As a developing country China has 164
projects in existence or in the planning stages with help from
around the globe, according to Lu.
Of these 18 are in cooperation with Japan. In an effort to
improve how projects are carried-out a training course started
yesterday for more than 50 environmental scientists and officials
from 17 Chinese cities.
Leading environmental scientists from China and Japan will
lecture on the guidelines of the Clean Development System, laws
governing greenhouse gas emissions and the preparation of paperwork
in related projects.
The training is sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation
Agency and hosted by the China 21st Century Agenda Center under the
Ministry of Science and Technology.
"The training will greatly improve the ability of local
governments and their scientists to implement the international
Clean Development Mechanism," said Huang Jing, center deputy
(China Daily December 19, 2006)