Heavy rains in central China last week will help China produce extra hydroelectric power in the coming weeks, but not enough to avoid severe electricity shortages this summer, Chinese officials said Wednesday.
The Chinese government is considering plans to subsidize the use of energy-efficient materials and renewable energy technologies in new buildings and is encouraging provincial and municipal governments to impose stricter efficiency standards than the national minimums, Chinese officials said Wednesday.
As the United States takes its first steps toward mandating that power companies generate more electricity from renewable sources, China already has a similar requirement and is investing billions to remake itself into a green energy superpower.
Delegates from scores of shipping nations signed an agreement on Friday at a conference of the International Maritime Organization of the United Nations in Hong Kong to require stronger environmental standards in recycling old ships. The rules will not become binding for at least two years, after a complex ratification formula is met.