By Paul Davies

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan – Planning for a Greener Economy

Last month China’s thirteenth “Five-Year Plan” (FYP13) was approved, setting out a social and economic development blueprint for the country for the next five years. The plan lays out specific economic targets such as GDP growth rates and social development goals in tackling environmental, healthcare and education issues. Notably, FYP13 has a strong focus on tackling environmental challenges, with targets and measures to address several sustainability issues including climate change, air pollution, urbanisation and transportation.

These targets will guide Chinese regulators throughout the five-year implementation period of the plan and point to how China will balance growth with its commitment to a transition to a low-carbon economy.