China to rely on science for CO2 emissions cut

When visiting the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wen encouraged researchers to develop key technologies for electric vehicles and vehicles with high energy efficiency and low emissions.

He said China would adjust its "consumption policies" to push for the development of automobiles with low emissions and high energy efficiency, and "vigorously support" the development of electric cars.

On Thursday, the State Council announced to cut China’s carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP in 2020 by 40 to 45 percent from the level of 2005.

While visiting Shanghai and the neighboring Jiangsu Province, Wen called for a more balanced and energy-efficient economic development model.

He said China must speed up shifting its economic growth to a new pattern that depends not just on investment and export but also on domestic demand.

Economic growth should also rely on a balanced development of the primary, secondary and tertiary industries, rather than on manufacturing alone, Wen said.

Scientific and technological advancements, improvement in workers’ qualities and innovations in management models should take over consumption of resources as the driving force for growth, he said.

China’s Inner Mongolia achieves 5 GW installed wind power capacity

North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region had installed 5.03 GW of wind power capacity by the end of October, ahead of the government’s goals by more than one year, said an official with the local government.

Meanwhile, wind power plants in the region generated 6.694 million kWh of electricity from January to October this year, jumping 168 percent from the same period of 2008.

Inner Mongolia is estimated to have 898 million kW of total wind power reserves, accounting for 21.4 percent of the national total. Some 150 million kW of this is technically recoverable, representing 50 percent of the national total of useable wind.

The area has drawn investment from a number of wind-power plant developers and wind turbine makers, such as the China Longyuan Power Group, the China Power Investment Corporation, the Shandong Luneng Group, Goldwind Science and Technology, Vestas Wind Systems and REpower North (China) Company.

The installed wind power capacity in Inner Mongolia has risen dramatically in recent years, standing at 170 MW, 600 MW and 1.65 GW in 2005, 2006 and 2007 respectively.