Recently, 17 ministries including the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Finance have imposed new measures for energy saving and emission reduction among government offices.
NDRC is a department of the State Council that develops national economic strategies, long term plans and sustainable development strategies, including cleaner production and pollution prevention. According to them, officials’ cars are to be banned from the roads one day per week, and public servants will drive one day less per week and won’t be allowed to use the vehicles for distances less than 5 km, being encouraged to use walk, bike or take public transportation.
The measures also include turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, reducing air conditioning consumption in the office by one hour, closing windows when using the air conditioning, the use of recycled paper, and also setting computers on stand-by rather than power them off. The list goes on concerning the use of batteries, printers and computers. Moreover, it will be encouraged the purchase of cars with low emission ratings, and the official vehicle purchases will be recorded in order to check whether the funds are properly spent.