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China’s Tianjin May Be First APEC Low-Carbon City
Published on: 2010-06-22
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Asia-Pacific nations will establish as many as 20 low-carbon model cities to test new technology including smart grids and renewable-power generation as part of efforts to reduce pollution and dependence on crude oil.

Tianjin, northeastern China, may be the first city picked for the project, Japan’s trade minister, Masayuki Naoshima, said after a meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation energy ministers in the western Japanese town of Fukui. The cities will be chosen within three years, he said.

The meeting comes as the BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico heightens concerns about environmental degradation and global dependence on crude oil. APEC wants to spur the development of low-carbon, non-oil energy sources in the region, which accounts for 60 percent of world energy demand and where pollution is forecast to rise the fastest.

APEC will also seek to cooperate on financing new nuclear plants as the region adds reactors to meet rising power demand without emitting more carbon dioxide or importing additional oil, according to a joint statement released after the meeting today.

APEC will also evaluate the potential of unconventional sources of natural gas, which include gas extracted from shale rock and from coal seams, as demand grows for the cleaner- burning fuel, it said.

The 21-member body will set up a task force to choose cities for the Low-Carbon Model Town Project, and will consider a proposal by China for Tianjin, Naoshima said.

Smart grids are advanced power transmission networks that are able to efficiently integrate renewable energy such as wind and solar power.
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