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Focus on clean energy

2010. 5 July

About half of the energy at World Expo Shanghai 2010 comes from clean and sustainable sources, the top Expo official said during an Expo forum yesterday in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province.

( New energy has contributed about 50 percent of total energy combustion at the Expo since it opened on May 1, Hong Hao, deputy secretary general of Shanghai municipal government and director general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo

"We have a complete and detailed plan to hold a green Expo with less carbon emissions and energy use," Hong told the Environmental Protection and Urban Responsibilities Forum.

"The Expo is a unique stage for clean energy ideas and technologies," Hong added.

Since opening, more than 1.77 million kilowatt hours of electricity have been created by solar energy while another 3.64 million kilowatt hours have been generated from hydro energy.

Also, 432 new-energy cars are used at the site and energy-efficient designs and technologies have been adopted in more than 80 percent of Expo constructions.

These measures have helped the Expo reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming and climate problems, by 1.88 tons and save the energy equivalent of 7,540 tons of coal.

"The Expo aims to achieve carbon equilibrium and the organizer has done a good job to broadcast low-carbon emissions," said Daniel Dudek, chief economist of Environmental Defense Fund.

The Expo will achieve up to 70 percent of carbon offsetting before the event ends and reach carbon equilibrium four to five years later through low-carbon technologies and by planting more green spaces, officials said.