To ensure the government's energy saving
policies are fully implemented Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has called for effective measures to
be put in place to monitor progress.
Speaking at a meeting on energy development on Thursday, Wen
said saving energy deserved equal attention to that of exploiting
it. Energy conservation should be regarded as one of the country's
foremost tasks, he said.
Great efforts had to be made to develop renewable energy, increase
energy supply and adjust demand, added the Premier. .
Though the nationwide energy shortage had eased since last year the
situation was still tough and shortages would continue for a some
time, said the National Energy Development Leading Group in a
circular released after the meeting.
The country had to accelerate the adjustment of its economic
structure and the transformation of its economic growth pattern,
the circular noted.
It said industries with high energy costs had to give priority to
saving power and energy-saving technologies had to be actively
It was also necessary to upgrade the technological standards of the
country's energy industry and to further improve legislation on
energy development, the circular said.
The meeting also reviewed the draft national medium and long-term
plan for the development of renewable energy.
(Xinhua News Agency April 21, 2006)