China's "green GDP"
Curt Rosengren on Environment & Sustainability
The sustainablist in me loved this news (even if I have to take it with a grain of salt)...
China's leaders want their national economy to grow not only fast but to grow green. They have asked state planners to develop a new indicator to measure the country's growth, a 'green GDP' that would account for the costs of environmental impact and resource consumption.
The emphasis on 'green GDP' reflects China's slowly shifting priorities from sustaining growth at all costs to realising a more sustainable growth.
China's rapid economic growth and the resulting increase in energy demands is bringing with it environmental challenges. For example:
Pollution levels in China can more than quadruple within 15 years if the country doesn't curb its rapid growth in energy consumption, Zhang Lijun, a senior environmental official, warned recently.\n\nChina's emissions of sulphur dioxide were the highest in the world last year, causing acid rain across 30 percent of the country, a report released by the State Environmental Protection Agency said.
\n\nThe big challenge China faces - as does the rest of the world - is how to maintain economic growth while simultaneously creating a sustainable economy. \n\n[via TriplePundit]