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China’s Answer to Climate Change: Sweat Shops

Posted by Author on June 27, 2007

By Ben Quinn,, UK, 27/06/2007-

After years of ignoring global warming, China’s communists are now literally rolling up their shirtsleeves with a new gusto to confront the challenge.

In a move that would put many of the west’s most hardline environmentalists to shame, the country’s cabinet has ordered that air conditioning units in most public buildings should be set no cooler than 26 degrees Celsius.

At one of the hottest times of the year the directive leaves temperatures inside many offices closer to those on the streets of another ‘workers paradise,’ Havana.

True to maoist style, Chinese leaders are striving to lead by example.

They have called on office workers to dress in light, casual clothing instead of heavy suits, so that air conditioners do not have to be used so heavily, while President Hu Jintao and a group of other high-profile figures were this week pictured at a conference wearing open-necked shirts rather than their normal jackets and ties.

The energy-slashing campaign comes at a time when Chinese cities have been struggling with record demand for electricity.

As temperatures soared to 37 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit) in the capital on Tuesday, air conditioning use lifted electricity consumption to 11.22 million kilowatts by late afternoon, the highest in history, said the government’s official Xinhua news agency.

Niu Jincang, a spokesman for Beijing Electric Power Co., said the maximum capacity for the city was 13 million kilowatts, and that the company was taking measures to ensure adequate supplies.

Tiananmen Square was meanwhile empty of its normal crowds this week as visitors sheltered in the shade.

Other parts of the country, including Shanghai, have already suffered from energy shortages this summer and officials have expressed concerns that supply may not be able to keep up with demand during the hot months.

Chinese leaders have set a goal of reducing energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product by 20 percent by 2010, but failed miserably in 2006, the first year of implementation.

A report earlier this month revealed that the world’s most populated country has now surpassed the US as the biggest producer of carbon dioxide, the most important greenhouse gas.

With demand for energy leading to a surge in construction of coal-fired power stations, China’s production of CO2 was pushed to 6,200m tons of CO2 last year, compared with 5,800m tons from the US.

By comparison, the UK produced about 600m tons, according to research produced for the Dutch government.

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One Response to “China’s Answer to Climate Change: Sweat Shops”

  1. nuvol said

    I’ve read in a spanish newspaper that now is China the most polluting country. The reason: a inhabitant in USA pollutes 10 times mora than a inhabitant in China, and the problem was that China has more inhabitants. (sorry I can’t remember quantities).

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