Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan will head up a team tasked with ensuring the country's energy consumption and pollution reduction targets stated in the Chinese government's 2006-2010 Five-Year Plan are met. China has set a goal of reducing energy consumption per unit of GDP by 20 percent by 2010. Energy consumption, however, fell only 1.23 percent in 2006, well short of the annual goal of four percent. Wen also urged more curbs on industries that consume more energy and release more pollutants in a bid to ensure a healthy and fast economic growth in a speech addressed to the national working teleconference on energy saving and pollutants reduction on April 27, 2007.
The 11th Five-Year Plan calls for a massive program to improve energy efficiency nationwide, including a national energy intensity target of 20-percent improvement by 2010. The National Development and Reform Commission is taking this lead on (1) allocating the target among provinces and industrial sectors, and (2) adopting energy efficiency improvement criteria for evaluating the job performance of local government officials. NRDC will oversee provincial counterpart offices established to help industrial enterprises make efficiency upgrades.