China's first energy law draft calls for placing the entire
sector under a single ministry-level body, an expert who worked on
the draft said yesterday.
Supervision of the energy sector now spreads across several
government departments, Wu Zhonghu said yesterday, and suggested
how it can be strengthened.
China began drafting its first energy law last year. The draft
is soliciting experts' opinion and is open to amendments, he
He, however, refused to confirm speculation that China is likely
to form a ministry of energy exclusively for the energy
The Shanghai-based Oriental Morning News yesterday
quoted a source as saying that the "ministry of energy" could be
set up as early as in March.
Electricity, coal, oil, gas, energy saving and planning, and
international cooperation sectors will be put under the new
ministry, which existed between 1988 and 1993, the report said.
Many government sectors are now involved in the energy industry.
They include the energy bureau of the National Development and
Reform Commission (NDRC), the State Electricity Regulatory
Commission, the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety, the
Ministry of Water Resources, and the Ministry of Land and
Such diversion of power, many experts say, has been hindering
the implementation of energy policies.
The government has vowed to cut energy consumption per unit of
gross domestic product by 20 percent from 2006 to 2010, or 4
percent each year, and reduce pollutant emissions by 10 percent
during the period.
The newspaper quoted energy expert Wu Jingdong as saying the
lack of a ministry of energy is creating greater pressure on the
country to meet those goals.
Neither the NDRC energy bureau, nor the Office of the National
Energy Leading Group can coordinate the interests of various
departments, and that could eventually become a hurdle in meeting
the goals, Wu aid.
China consumes the second largest amount of energy in the world.
But the International Energy Agency said last week it could
overtake the US as the largest energy consumer by 2030, by which
time its primary energy demand is likely to increase two-fold from
(China Daily November 14, 2007)