Chinese military improves energy efficiency to help achieve national emissions targets

10 February 2012

BEIJING: The Chinese military, a large consumer of energy in China, has joined government, industrial, building and transport sectors in improving energy efficiency, to help reach China's greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets.

The military will be lowering its energy use as part of a nationwide emission-reduction plan, which urges the China’s People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the armed police forces to work together to construct 100 major energy efficient training bases to be used by the country's 2.3 million servicemen.

Jointly developed by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the PLA General Logistics Department and other Chinese ministries, the plan comes at a key moment when China is being pressured to meet its 12th Five Year Plan GHG reduction target of 17% per unit of GDP by 2015, while industrialization continues to soar. As the plan states: "Efforts to save resources in the military are an important part of the country's energy-saving and emission-reduction efforts." 

As part of the Government plan, energy-saving models for logistics, consumption and training divisions will be developed. The PLA will also source low carbon products and start recycling military uniforms.

In terms of transportation efficiency, PLA garrisons will cut down on general fuel use and coordinate vehicle use with local governments. The plan has also outlined further energy-saving building construction projects to be launched by the Chinese armed forces.

Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group says of the plans: “China is expanding its efforts in energy saving and emission reduction to the broadest sector coverage now.  Chinese military, a large energy consumer in the country, is now joining industrial, building and transport sectors to take actions to improve energy efficiency. This kind of trend will surely put China on the right track to achieve the set national targets of both energy intensity and carbon intensity in the 12th Five Year Plan period.”

Read our report (March 2011): Delivering Low Carbon Growth: A Guide to China's 12th Five Year Plan 

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