China China announces green industrial development program for 14th Five-Year Plan period

Targets set for carbon reduction, other environmental efforts

China announces green industrial development program for 14th Five-Year Plan period

On November 15, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced a green industrial development program for the 14th Five-Year Plan period. The program sets targets for 2025 in carbon reduction, pollutant discharge reduction, energy efficiency, recycling and other environmental areas. It also establishes nine objectives for China’s efforts in the industry sector, including carbon emissions peaking, green product supply promotion and digital transformation.

Overall targets

The table below lists the overall targets for green production.

Indicator measured Target for the 13th Five-Year Plan period Target for the 14th Five-Year Plan period
Carbon dioxide emissions reduction per 10,000 yuan industry value added



Key pollutant discharge reduction in key industries



Energy consumption reduction per industry value added in industries larger than a specified size



Comprehensive utilization rate of industrial solid waste


57% (bulk industrial solid waste*)

Water use reduction per 10,000 yuan industry value added



* Types of industrial solid waste that are generated in a quantity of more than 10 million tons annually and have a substantial impact on the environment or people’s safety.

Main objectives

The program sets new objectives for carbon emissions reduction, green product supply, digital transformation, etc. in addition to the existing ones set out in the Industrial Green Development Plan (2016 – 2020).

Carbon emissions peaking in the industry sector

    • Provide a roadmap, schedule and implementation details of carbon emissions peaking for key industries, including the steel, petrochemical and chemical industries
    • Implement effective management of greenhouse gases, such as nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride

Green product supply

    • Establish green product supply systems across all the segments of supply chains from raw materials to final products
    • Encourage companies to develop high-performance and low-carbon products through green design and other means
    • Expand the market for green products, such as new energy vehicles and energy-efficient electrical and electronic products

Digital transformation

    • Leverage the latest information technologies, including big data and 5G, to enhance the management of energy, resources and the environment
    • Manage energy and resources digitally
    • Encourage companies to build systems for online monitoring and measurement of pollutant discharge and other things
    • Promote the new model of “industrial Internet + recycling of renewable resources”


The program also includes implementation measures for green industrial development, such as the development of necessary regulations and financial support for companies.


The full text of the green industrial development program (in simplified Chinese) is available at


Author / Responsibility

AOKI Kenji

Senior Consultant, EnviX Ltd.
General Director, E&H Consulting Co., Ltd.

Business Performance

Expertise in EHS (environment, health and safety) consulting in ASEAN region.
- Environmental regulations updating
- Chemical regulations consulting


MSc in Earth Science, The University of Tokyo

AOKI Kenji