With a continuously expanding economy and fast evolving science and technologies, Shenzhen is upgrading its industries to promote an environment-friendly lifestyle and low-carbon growth. The quality, optimally structural and low-energy consuming development mode has become the city's new normal. About half of Shenzhen's total area is within a nature protection zone for suburban parks. Forests cover 41.2% of the city's total land.
SAVING ENERGY AND REDUCING EMISSION
In 2015, Shenzhen achieved the emission reduction target, set by Guangdong Province, of four major pollutants, namely chemical oxygen demand, ammonia nitrogen, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen. The emission reduction of chemical oxygen demand, ammonia nitrogen and sulfur dioxide also met ahead of time the target set by the 12th Five-Year Plan for Energy Saving and Emission Reduction. The city's water consumption per 10,000 yuan of GDP fell by 43%.
The city has promoted the usage of renewable energy such as solar power and garbage power. There are seven garbage incineration power plants and they generated 978,000,000 kilowatt-hours in 2015, making Shenzhen a national leader in the use of renewable energy.
Shenzhen fully adopted the national IV and up emission standards and promoted the use of gasoline meeting the national V emission standard across the city. Over 28,000 new-energy vehicles were put into use by 2015 and won the city the Urban Transportation Leadership Award.
By April 13, 2016, the total volume transaction of carbon emission reached 400 million yuan and the transaction was over 10 million tons.
Last year, several activities focusing on promoting low-carbon lifestyle have been held. Citizens were encouraged to participate in events such as low-carbon cycling, visiting environment-friendly buildings and Earth Hour.
In 2015, over 11.37 million square meters of environmental-friendly buildings were completed in Shenzhen, adding up to 33 million square meters in total. The number and scale of environmentally-friendly buildings of Shenzhen continues to top the nation's large cities.