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Enhancement of Energy-saving Awareness Urged

Chinese Minister of Science and Technology has called for enhancement of citizens' awareness on energy-saving in a campaign recently held to publicize energy-saving knowledge.

In the campaign, the ministry has distributed booklets named Manual on Promoting Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction which provide readers with advices and measures to reduce energy consumption.

The advice and measures were given by illustrations with specific data covering 36 species of daily-life activities.

"Any figure times 1.3 billion (people) will result in a huge number," Minister Wan Gang said during the campaign, noting that any inappreciable behavior by each Chinese could have great impact on the whole country.

According to the manual, 554 million liter gasoline will be saved and 1.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide will be reduced each year if China's total 12.4 million private cars are not used for one day in every month.

If every Chinese reduces consumption of 500 gram corn each year, China will save 241,000 tons of coal equivalent and reduce 612,000 tons of carbon dioxide emission each year, the manual said.

It also estimated that if all Chinese follow the manual, the whole country will save 77 million coal equivalent and reduce carbon dioxide emission of about 200 million tons.

China had an increasing consumption of energy for people's living from 2003 to 2005. The total energy consumption for living in 2005 accounted for 530 million tons of coal equivalent.

"If everyone retrenched use of energy in their daily trivia, a sustainable development and green environment could be achieved," the minister said.

(Xinhua News Agency September 10, 2007)

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