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Chinese Premier urges greater energy-saving, emission reductions

BEIJING, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Wednesday called for greater efforts to fulfill the energy-saving and emission reduction goals set out in the nation's 11th Five Year Plan.

According to the plan laid out in 2006, China will cut its per unit GDP energy consumption by 20 percent compared with 2005 levels by the end of 2010.

Relevant departments must work harder to help enterprises close down old and polluting production facilities, he said at a State Council meeting.

The departments must also suspend approval of new projects by enterprises failing to eliminate backward production capacity, he added.

He also stressed efforts to curb the expansion of high energy-consuming industry, and emphasized strict control of exports of goods produced in an energy-inefficient way.

Wen said energy-saving and emission reduction are priorities for the construction and transportation industries.

Public institutions nationwide are expected to lower their energy consumption by 5 percent year on year in 2010, he added.

More energy-conservation and emission-reduction publicity campaigns should be organized to promote the development of "green" consumption, he said.

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