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2008 Action Plan on the Development of a Sustainable Economy & the Construction of an Energy-efficient/Environmentally-friendly City
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1. Background

In the context of developing a sustainable economy, the city of Beijing has produced an annual plan and targets in accordance with the 11th Five Year Plan, with the goal of making the Olympic city both energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

This Action Plan is intended to be results-oriented with specific measures for energy-efficiency and emission reductions - a consistent step forward in the city's ongoing energy conservation efforts that began in 2005 when Beijing launched the first such annual program.

2. 2008 Goals

In relation to additional GDP, energy consumption is expected to be reduced by 5%, water consumption by 4%, COD emissions by 4% and SO2 emissions by 10%.

3. Ten Project Implementation

I. Town Planning

Improve services and facilities relating to commercial and domestic conditions in the six major industrial zones: Zhongguancun Science Park, the Financial Street, the Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area, the CBD, the Linkong Economic Area, and the Olympic Central Area, as well as in the cluster areas for cultural and creative industries; accelerate infrastructure development for protein technologies and increase production of low-emissions Fukuda-Cummins generators; further reduce prohibited businesses.

II. New Technology Products

Promote the application of proven technologies such as the recycling of smoke, gas and tail heat, air-conditioning energy conservation, and membrane science; pilot projects such as High Temperature Air Combustion (HTAC) systems, Combined Heat and Power supply, and the use of Hybrid-Electric Vehicles in Beijing's public transportation system, as well as further research and development in emerging technologies such as exploitation of biomass and mining waste.

III. Reduction of Emissions

Strengthen nocturnal automobile emissions controls; improve the effectiveness of air quality contingency measures during the Games; test and improve public transportation vehicle emissions; phase out motor vehicles that do not meet new exhaust emission standards; accelerate the upgrading of 50,000 households in single-storey housing

Control the sources of dust and sand storms in Beijing and Tianjin; complete the construction of suburban parks as the first green natural "barrier"; start building the five forest-river parks, each greater than 10,000 mu (650 Hectares) and a 100km ecological landscaped avenue.

IV. Energy Conservation by Government Agencies

Complete an energy conservation audit of 32 government agencies and deliver a comprehensive reconstruction engineering plan; enhance the online heat and power use monitoring of 54 agencies that have completed energy metering retrofits.

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