China – Shenzhen to have 35,000 electric vehicles in 3 yrs

Tang, at the C40 Hong Kong Workshop on Friday, said that Shenzhen is building itself into a low carbon city after 30 years of rapid growth.

Shenzhen is now entering into a "mature" development period, in which it will seek stable output with less investment.

The city is trying to become more low-carbon through expanding public transportation, constructing environment-friendly buildings, lowering investments in energy-consuming sectors, and encouraging residents to live and consume in a low-carbon way, Tang said.

Shenzhen aims to build an electric car with lithium ion batteries base at the national level during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) period, Tang said earlier this month.

It is now building recharging stations across the city, laying fundamental infrastructure for electric vehicles, Tang said at the conference.

China is likely to lead in the EV battery sector by 2020, due to the country’s large demand, C.C. Chen, president of the World EV Association & EV Association of Asia Pacific, said at the C40 workshop in Hong Kong.

Shenzhen is now holding the 25th World Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition.

Bloomberg applauds China’s green efforts

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he’s heartened that some mayors in China are becoming interested in environment issues.

Some mayors from the Chiense mainland attend the two-day C40 Hong Kong Workshop on Friday, and talked about their anti-pollution and low-carbon initiatives.

Bloomberg said China has started in the right direction in terms of trying to cut back its pollution.

"Job creation and economic development have always been modern-day China’s No 1 priority. But now, for the first time, there is an understanding in China that the environment is something that they cannot walk away from," Bloomberg said on Friday.

Commenting on the US investigation into China’s subsidies for its clean energy sector, Bloomberg said "the US should stop blaming others and take a look at itself."

"It is dangerous for us to focus on blaming others," Bloomberg said.