MoHURD and NDRC issued an Implementation Plan for Carbon Peaking in Urban and Rural Construction sector on June 30

August 1, 2022

The Plan promotes a large-scale construction of low-carbon buildings, zero carbon and near-zero-energy consumption buildings. It also calls for reduction of rural MSW at source as well as for increasing the resource utilization rate of rural MSW. In the Plan, the comprehensive improvement of the entire waste infrastructure is promoted, also in rural areas. Apart from that, low carbon sewage treatment is promoted, too.

The Implementation Plan set the following goals to be achieved by 2030 and 2060:

By 2030, carbon emissions from urban and rural construction will reach a peak. The resource utilization rate of urban MSW should reach 65% by 2030.

The policy system and institutional mechanism for green and low-carbon development of urban and rural construction will have been basically established. The energy management and waste resource utilization in buildings will have reached the advanced international level. The application of renewable energies will increase and methods for green and low-carbon transformation in urban and rural areas will be developed.  There will be preliminary solutions for urban challenges such as traffic jams, quality of housing, inadequate water supply, energy shortages, and environmental pollution. Finally, green lifestyles will be popularized among residents.

By 2060, the green and low-carbon transformation of urban and rural construction sectors will be fully realized. Systemic changes will be fully implemented and carbon emissions from urban and rural construction will be well governed.