Reducing China's Ecological Footprint
A land of stunning contrasts
But China's rapid development has increased pollution and degradation of natural habitats, which is having deleterious impacts on the country's environment.
According to the Report on China's Ecological Footprint – commissioned by WWF and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development – China uses 15% of the world's total biological capacity, demanding two times what the country's ecosystems can sustainably supply to support its current population and level of economic activity.
WWF is working with China to lighten its ecological footprint.To this end, we are:
- Suggesting to establish metrics to measure the achievement of sustainable development
- Advocating reform of the financial system as a vehicle for driving sustainability in the economy
- Promoting more widespread use of renewable energy technologies, such as wind, solar, biogas and energy efficient wood stoves
- Promoting efficiency in all uses of natural resources
- Assuring the long-term survival of threatened species and their habitats.
What is Ecological Footprint?
placed on the planet's ecosystems. It represents the amount of biologically productive land and water that is needed to supply resources and absorb wastes.
The aim of the initiative is to explore ways to de-link rapid economic growth and energy consumption in an effort to reduce the adverse environmental impacts of urban development. The focus is on improving energy efficiency in buildings, expanding the use of renewable energy, and manufacturing of energy efficient products.
The Low Carbon City Initiative is an example where government, business and NGOs, like WWF, are coming together to demonstrate clear actions for climate change solutions.