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Hunan Ranks 8th in 2016 Regional Green Development Index

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On December 26, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the Ministry of Environmental Protection, and the CPC Central Committee Organization Department jointly announced the result of the 2016 ecological civilization evaluation on the provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities. Hunan ranks eighth.

This is China’s first annual ecological civilization evaluation, and also the first governmentally authorized green development index.

The evaluation was worked out based on two aspects: first, the green development index including 55 indicators of six aspects, such as resource utilization, environmental treatment, environmental quality, ecological protection, economic growth quality, and green life; and second, public satisfaction on ecological environment based on sampling survey.

Hunan scored 80.48 in terms of the green development index, ranking eighth around the country. The score of public satisfaction was 85.91, ranking seventh. As for the indicators of environmental quality, ecological protection, and economic growth quality, Hunan was among the top 10 across the country.

Related: China Unveils Green Development Index Ranking

BEIJING - China Tuesday unveiled its first regional green development index ranking, which takes into account economic performance as well as various environmental indicators.

The index covers 55 indicators, including energy consumption efficiency, carbon emissions, air quality, per-capita disposable income, as well as research and development spending, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

In the 2016 ranking, Beijing and the provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang were the top three.

However, in terms of the public satisfaction on ecological development, the result of a nationwide sample survey showed that Tibet autonomous region and the provinces of Guizhou and Hainan ranked the top three, while Hebei, Beijing and Tianjin were bottom.

Commenting on the divergent rankings, Ning Jizhe, head of the NBS, said the green development index came from "objective evaluation" of regional ecological development, while the public satisfaction survey reflected the "subjective feeling" of environmental conditions.

The green development index ranking came one year after the central authority decided to use the index to measure local government performance on green growth and ecological development as the country focuses more on high-quality development. Results of the review will be a key reference in the promotion of officials, and punishment for any wrongdoing.

China's economic development has entered a new era, and the basic feature is that the economy has shifted from high-speed growth to a stage of high-quality development, according to a statement issued last week after the annual Central Economic Work Conference.

"To push ahead high-quality development, the country will create new indicators, policies, standards, statistical and performance assessment systems," according to the statement.

"Efforts will be taken to improve the green development index system and better the annual evaluation system for local government performance on ecological development," Ning said.

Source: chinadaily

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