Shanghai will encourage residents to use their cars less, and it will start monitoring power consumption at public venues as the city strives to be greener this year.
"Shanghai aims to cut emission per unit of gross domestic product by 3.2 percent this year, compared with a cut of 3.6 percent in 2011," Shanghai Vice Mayor Yang Xiong said yesterday. "Challenges remain as industrial activities are seen to rebound this year. All government bodies need to be motivated to meet the energy-saving targets."
The city will continue with its car plate auctions to control the increase of private cars, and also study the issue of imposing different parking fees this year, government officials said.
The city also aims to have more than 600 kilometers of subway lines by the end of 2015 and to boost the use of public transport in downtown areas to more than 50 percent.
Yang said monitoring of power use will be extended to 1,500 public locations within two years to save energy.