BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- China Economic Information Service (CEIS), together with Institute of Quantitative & Technical Economics (IQTE) of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, released the City Green Heating Evaluation Report in the Context of Ecological Civilization on Friday.
The report evaluates central heating in urban areas in terms of economical efficiency, energy efficiency, cleanness, etc..
Photo: City Green Heating Evaluation Report in the Context of Ecological Civilization
To promote green and clean heating is an important way to improve people's sense of achievement, security as well as happiness. "Through our research and release of this report, we hope to attract attention of the public to clean heating, and solicit more solutions upon certain issues as well," said Kuang Lecheng, vice president of CEIS.
In recent years, China has carried out a series of policies to push ahead clean heating reform. The evaluation on heating areas in north China in terms of costs, efficiency, and environmental impacts could help us better understand the status quo and find out problems, said Li Ping, director of IQTE.
According to the report, central heating is developing rapidly as it is a major way of promoting clean heating. However, traditional heating, such as burning coal for heating, is still challenging our environment, causing a series of problems.
After evaluating heating areas in north China, the report finds that Beijing, Tianjin, Shanxi, Shandong, Inner Mongolia and Ningxia perform relatively better in central heating in terms of economy, social, and ecological benefits.
Of all the areas evaluated, some are located in the very north of China, which means they suffer from bitter cold, and have longer heating period compared with others; some rely on burning coal to provide heat; and some have relatively lower household income. These are the factors that affect their evaluation result.
Noticeably, all data used in this evaluation report are collected from authoritative departments such as the National Bureau of Statistics, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, etc..
China is currently at a critical point of controlling air pollution. Through years of exploration, the country has made great achievements such as better air quality and cleaner heating for residents, but it still faces the challenge that whether the achievements in cleaning heating could withstand the test of time.
As urbanization in China is going on, the demand for heating is expected to see fast growth in the future. In this sense, the report suggests that clean heating and new heating technologies should be promoted, industrial waste heat and renewable energy should be used to improve the cleanness of central heating, terrestrial heat and solar power should also be used if local conditions permit, and methanol boiler heating techniques should be promoted as well. (Contributed by Li Jijun, Liu Xiaoyun, edited by Gao Jingyan)