Many district governments in east China metropolises Shanghai
are going all out to be good green citizens.
For example, bottled water will not be provided for conferences
held by the government of Xuhui District as part of its
energy-saving drive. A drinking-water dispenser has been installed
instead, officials said yesterday.
"Previously at meetings we had waiters pouring tea for guests,
but it was a manpower waste, so then we provided bottles of mineral
water on every table for guests instead," said Zhou Jian, a Xuhui
At a conference yesterday, the government provided two tanks of
self-serve barley tea.
"Every bottle of water costs two yuan (26 US cents), but now
every cup of tea only costs 0.1 yuan on average," Zhou said.
The Zhabei district government yesterday called for increased
energy efficiency. "Office buildings are required to keep the
temperature of air-conditioners set at 26 degrees or above," said
Zhu Jing, a Zhabei official. "They should also be switched on only
when the temperature is above 30 degrees."
Only half of the lights in garages are being kept on and people
in offices have been told to switch off power before they leave
The government of Putuo District has ordered all buildings under
construction in its area to meet energy-saving standards.
According to the standards, energy-saving materials should be
used in the exterior walls, windows and doors of all new
"So far we found all of the buildings under construction in our
district meet the standards," said Lu Huan, an official with Putuo
(Shanghai Daily June 25, 2007)