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Two Ministries Jointly Boost the Construction of Buildings Using Renewable Resources
Recently, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development jointly released an announcement to stress the necessity of further promoting the construction of buildings using renewable resources during the 12th Five-year Plan period (2011 - 2015) and completing related supporting policies.

In the announcement, the goal of promoting the construction of buildings using renewable resources during the 12th Five-year Plan period is clarified, that is, to increase the proportion of renewable resources application, such as the use of solar energy, shallow geothermal energy, and biomass energy in buildings. It is expected that by 2020, the application of renewable energy shall occupy over 15% of the total energy consumption of buildings. During the period, the concentrated promotion of the construction of buildings using renewable energies should be carried out, the application modes should be diversified, and the application field should be expanded. By the end of 2015, the newly increased area with application of renewable energy will cover over 2.5 billion square meters, which is equal to the capacity of about 30 million tons of standard coal used as regular energy resource.

The announcement also requires that more efforts should be put into boosting the large-scale application of renewable energy in the field of building construction. During the 12th Five-year Plan period, on the basis of setting up demonstration cities and demonstration counties in the countryside, the promotion of the use of renewable energy in building construction should be concentrated in certain areas and guided by a comprehensive plan. At the same time, the potential of the application should be further explored. During the 12th Five-year Plan period, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development will jointly carry out the concentrated promotion of renewable energy in areas where renewable energy resources are abundant, the local government is active, and the related supporting policies are complete. It is expected that the application rate of renewable energy in buildings in these areas will take the leading position in the country. By 2015, the proportion of the consumption of renewable energy in the total energy consumption of buildings will reach over 10% in key areas.

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