Energy saving efforts in Asia


China and Japan will hold a seminar on energy saving and environmental protection at the end of May in Tokyo, according to Xinhua.

China's National Development and Reform Commission said the seminar is jointly sponsored by the NDRC, China's Ministry of Commerce, Chinese embassy to Japan, Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Japan-China Association on Economy and Trade. About 150 Chinese delegates and 350 Japanese delegates will attend the seminar.

Delegates will also visit Japan's model companies in energy saving, the NDRC said.

"China must improve efficiency in power use and consider the environment while carrying out massive economic development," Ma Kai, commissioner of the National Development and Reform Commission, said in 2005. Ma said the country faces challenges including a stiffer trade environment, power shortages and operational risks in financial sectors over the next five years, according to the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University.

Read more about energy conservation policy in Japan on the Energy Conservation Center, Japan (ECCJ) website. The ENEX 2006: Energy & Environment Exhibition 2006 held in February in Tokyo and Osaka was the 30th annual exhibition to raise awareness of energy conservation and the global environmental conservation.

Over 60,000 visitors learnt about practical up-to-date technical know-how of the energy saving and new energy in "food, clothing and dwelling" which can be easily incorporated into a daily life, through hands-on exhibits for smart construction, choice and way of living in house including introduction of energy-saving household electric appliances and the promotion of use of the high energy-efficiency gadgets.

(Photo: ECCJ)

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