China’s appetite for energy is growing just as quickly as its economy. Currently, 70% of primary energy in China comes from coal, creating large amounts of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Over the next ten years, China will see a growing portion of their energy come from renewable sources, due to an ambitious national policy. In this episode, China’s Green Beat visits a Beijing wind farm and investigates what role the United Nations’ clean development mechanism has played in the development of wind energy in China, which has been growing at 30% per year.
The newest episode of China’s Green Beat is about public transportation in Beijing. Whereas the first three episodes were filmed and produced in a documentary style, episode 4 is filmed in a comedy and drama style, following one main character Sun Zhe as he has various experiences around Beijing on the subway, the bus, and his bike.
People who have been to Beijing know that both the air and the traffic can get quite bad. The two are closely linked, as vehicles are the cause of 40% of Beijing’s air pollution, according the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau. Currently, only 1/3 of trips in Beijing are on public transport, while 1/3 are in private vehicles. The buses are crowded and uncomfortable while the subways are limited in the number of places you can get to; public transportation certainly doesn’t appeal to those who own a car. There are already 3 millions cars on the road, with at least 1000 new ones hitting the streets every day.Much of the problem can be attributed to Beijing’s sprawling urban design. It simply takes a very long time to get between two points. The area of Beijing (within the fifth ring road) is comparable to New York’s five boroughs. The future of Beijing’s public transportation system does look bright though. The system already carries 15 million commuters every day, and that number is expected to rise to 28 million by 2012. This would raise the proportion of those riding public transport from 1/3 to 1/2.The subway system currently consists of five lines with a combined length of 142 kilometers. By 2008, there will be nine lines totaling 200 kilometers and by 2020, 19 lines totaling 561.5 kilometers, set to be the longest in the world. When the new subway line 5 was introduced, the government cut the subway fare to only two yuan. Suddenly, the daily subway ridership was near 2.5 million, up 900,000 from the month before. Efforts are also being made to improve the city’s bus system; for instance, the government has introduced 4000 new buses that run on cleaner-burning natural gas.
Our third episode is about biomass power in China. When we went to see China’s first biomass power plant in China, I was surprised by how good burning biomass can smell. The whole place had this fragrant green smell. It was also amazing to see the massive quantities of biomass that are needed to run these facilities.For more information on this episode, we have created a summary page which includes text and pictures from our podcast as well as some elaborations on biomass power.我们的第三集是关于生物发电在中国。当我们来到中国第一个生物发电厂时，我们对于燃烧生物质燃料的结果感到惊奇。整个发电厂都是带着绿色的气息。同时需要燃烧如此大量的生物质燃料也使我们震惊。为了传递有关于本集的更多的信息，我们有一篇包括来自播客中的文字以及图片和对于生物发电的一些详述的总结文章。Related information and sources 有关的资料:
Our second episode is about China’s use of solar water heaters, a great form of renewable energy that is easy to use. It is inspiring to see this technology around China from Gansu to Shandong, Beijing to Guangzhou. I hope you enjoy the second episode of China’s Green Beat!
December – Biomass Power in China, Beijing’s Air Quality Situation
Hello and welcome to China’s Green Beat. My roommate Shane and I have decided to make a video podcast this year on environmental problems and solutions in China. We hope you can learn from it and tell other’s about it. If you have any ideas for episodes, we would like to hear about them. Send us an email at chinasgreenbeat [at] gmail.comOur first episode is about the recycling situation in Beijing. This episode idea evolved from my initial curiosity towards the three-wheeled bikes you often see on the streets of Beijing, carting around tons of waste and junk.Forthcoming episodes:
Thursday, November 22, 2007 – Rooftop Revolution: China’s solar water heaters
December – Biomass Power in China, Beijing’s Air Quality Situation你好，欢迎来到中国绿色脉搏。我和我室友祥宇今年决定制作一个关于