Two Political Advisors have investigated parts of China in the past year for giving suggestions on building a Green China, as the Country’s main annual Political gathering approaches.
The 4th Session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country’s top political advisory body, is scheduled to open in March.
Members of the CPPCC have visited various parts of China to collect information about reducing pollution and carbon emissions for presenting relevant proposals.
Climate change is a common challenge facing all countries in the world. During the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) period, China has actively implemented a series of measures to address climate change, like adjusting the industrial structure and optimizing the energy structure, which have basically reversed rapid growth of total carbon dioxide emissions.
In 2020, China announced that it will strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, for promoting a high-quality development, accelerating green transformation and shouldering the responsibilities of global climate governance.
Zhou Jianping, a member of the CPPCC and the director of the Gansu Institute of Natural Energy, has visited rural areas in northwest China’s Gansu Province for gathering information about pollution and CO2 emissions.
During Zhou’s visits, he found that primary solar energy applications like solar stoves and water heaters have been widely used in those areas.
Those new energy projects, which are supported by photovoltaic power generation, can not only effectively protect the ecological environment, but also steadily increase people’s income and lift them out of poverty.
“Up to now, there are 187 villages in our county that have benefited from the revenue of photovoltaic power generation, which means that those villages can profit nearly 300,000 to 400,000 yuan (about 46,500 to 62,000 U.S. dollars) every year from photovoltaic power generation,” said Wei Wenyan, deputy director of the Poverty Alleviation Office under Lintao County in Gansu.
Zhou has also led the Gansu Institute of Natural Energy to continuously upgrade and improve civil solar energy products, with solar street lamps, solar water pumps and other products not only being applied in Gansu, but also being promoted to the countries along the “Belt & Road“, such as Nepal, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
With the approach of the 4th Session of the 13th CPPCC, Zhou has proposed to vigorously develop portable solar products and new-generation solar street lamps for providing solar energy convenience to common people and meeting the needs of low-carbon public lighting.
“As a CPPCC member, my responsibility is to make solar energy accessible to thousands of homes, and to let everyone reduce carbon emissions and live a low-carbon life, by combining our efforts to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions,” Zhou said.
Zhang Xingying, another CPPCC member and the director of the Satellite Meteorology Institute under the Chinese National Satellite Meteorological Center, has also carried out investigations in reducing pollution and carbon emissions in Beijing.
Zhang has visited the Beijing Meteorological Satellite Ground Station for monitoring the carbon dioxide conditions. This station has the world’s advanced hyperspectral greenhouse gas detector, which can calculate the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in real time from the ground.
“We’re basically coming here all the year round for monitoring the carbon dioxide,” said Zhang.
“I have put forward two proposals with one theme this year. They are all focused on reducing pollution and carbon emissions. I suggest that my country should first build a scientific, reasonable and perfect observation station network on the basis of the existing observation stations of greenhouse gases.
Second, as the ocean and high mountains cannot be covered by satellite ground stations, I hope my country can build gas observation instruments on the mature satellite platforms like the meteorological satellites,” Zhang said.
“I hope that by taking advantage of the effective feedback channel of the CPPCC, I can use the scientific knowledge I have gained to help my country move forward better and faster in the field of ecological and environmental protection,” Zhang added.