China Announces New Energy Efficiency Rules

China's rapid economic growth has made it a leader in greenhouse gas emissions. In an attempt to cut those emissions, China's central planning agency announced new energy efficiency rules for factories. The agency says all new factories and investment projects will be approved only if they meet strict energy conservation standards.

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WERTHEIMER: China's rapid economic growth has made it a leader in greenhouse gas emissions. In an attempt to cut those emissions, China's central planning agency announced new energy efficiency rules for factories. The agency says all new factories and investment projects will be approved only if they meet strict energy conservation standards. The news rules come into effect November 1st.

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