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China plans to promote circular economy

Updated: July 7, 2021 19:56    Xinhua

BEIJING — China unveiled a plan on July 7 to promote circular economy for the next five years, aiming to basically establish a resources recycling system in the country by 2025 as part of efforts to achieve carbon peak and neutrality goals.

The plan, released by the National Development and Reform Commission, specifies that China's energy and water consumption per unit of gross domestic product will be lowered by about 13.5 percent and 16 percent, respectively, by 2025 from the 2020 levels.

Efficiency of resource utilization will be greatly improved by 2025, with circular economy playing a bigger role in ensuring resource security, reads the document.

Under the plan, the amount of waste paper and scrap steel utilized will reach 60 million tonnes and 320 million tonnes by 2025, respectively, while the industrial output value of the resource recycling industry will stand at 5 trillion yuan (about $771.6 billion).

The plan also outlines major projects and tasks for developing circular economy in the following five years, including innovations in key technologies and equipment, the treatment of plastic pollution, eco-friendly express packaging and the recycling of traction batteries.

China has announced its goal of peaking carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, with various sectors speeding up low-carbon transition.