China misses energy efficiency target

China has fallen short of a target to lower its energy consumption per unit of GDP, state media reported on Tuesday, citing a top economic planner.
Energy consumption per unit of economic output fell by 3.27% in 2007, short of the annual average target of 4%, Xie Zhenhua, deputy director of China National Development and Reform Commission, told a news conference.
In 2007, total emissions of sulphur dioxide decreased by 4.66% and chemical oxygen demand (COD) fell by 3.14%.
According to the country’s 11th Five-Year Plan, China’s energy consumption per unit of GDP should decline by 20%, and the country’s pollution emissions should fall by 10% from 2006 to 2010.