China passes energy legislation

By | July 01, 2005
In May, China President Hu Jintao addressed a Beijing workshop telling his top-ranking officials to optimize "China's foreign trade structure, to have more high-quality and high-tech products, high value-added products and home-developed products manufactured and exported."
Jintao said he wants to see China "take an active part in international economic and technological cooperation and competition," according to, a state and worldwide news agency in China.

In fact, the top legislature in China, the 14th Session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, passed "The Renewable Energy Law of the People's Republic of China" on Feb. 28. The legislation aims to "promote the development and utilization of renewable energy, improve the energy structure, diversify energy supplies, safeguard energy security, protect the environment and realize the sustainable development of the economy and society." Furthermore, fuel retail businesses must include "biological liquid fuel" in their enterprises or suffer imposed fines.

The 2005 World Biofuels Symposium-China on Nov. 13-15, organized by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Tsinghua University and BBI International, also aims to expand the country's knowledge of renewable fuels and offer networking opportunities for international industry suppliers. Biodiesel is a part of China's renewable energy plan, both as a transportation fuel and heating oil, and will be addressed at the symposium. Visit for more details.
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