China has an impressive plan to become more sustainable as can be seen from the draft report China’s National Energy Strategy and Reform. In this report the word conservation is mentioned 76 times and yet not once with regard to real implementation or the reduction of building new power plants or coal and petroleum use for home heating or other applications. It is an interesting document where a word is used but never really demonstrates any plans of how it will be implemented.
Let me take a step back and give a bit of background.
Many older rural homes in China still rely on coal, round compressed briquettes, for heating. Each household puts in their order and then as heating season nears they get their delivery for the year. The mining and processing of the coal into these round briquettes takes a lot of energy that are specifically designed for…
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