China to impose fines for energy efficiency non-compliance

China‘s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has put new rules in place to allow monitoring of companies‘ energy efficiency progress at the local level.

Under the rules, regulatory agencies at the provincial, county and city levels will be empowered to issue warnings to, and impose fines on, businesses that fail to comply with energy efficiency laws and standards.

The regulations will come into effect on 1 March. Fines will range from around $1530 to $4600.

China’s national statistics office announced earlier this year that the nation’s energy intensity index, which tracks energy consumption per unit of GDP, fell by 5.6% in 2015. According to the figures, the nation handily beat its target of a 3.9% reduction last year, as well as its five-year goal of reducing energy intensity by 16% in relation to 2010 levels. à‚ 

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