Xia Nong: The iron and steel industry has made great efforts to improve the green and low-carbon development level
"In recent years, all relevant departments and local governments have resolutely implemented the decision and deployment of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council on green and low-carbon development. The iron and steel industry has done a solid job, and the level of green and low-carbon development has been continuously improved. Through large-scale technical equipment transformation, the promotion and application of advanced technologies for energy conservation and emission reduction, some of China's iron and steel enterprises have reached the international leading level in energy conservation and emission reduction, with production capacity accounting for about 6% of the country." On August 15, Xia Nong, the first level inspector of the Industry Department of the National Development and Reform Commission, participated in the 2022 annual meeting of the Low Carbon Work Promotion Committee of the steel industry by video, and affirmed the achievements of green and low carbon development of the steel industry in recent years in his speech.
According to the statistics of China Iron and Steel Industry Association, the comprehensive energy consumption per ton of steel in iron and steel enterprises will reach 550kg standard coal in 2021, down 3.8% compared with 2015. The green and low-carbon development of the steel industry is accelerating year by year. "While fully recognizing the achievements, we should also see that there are still some problems to be solved in the green and low-carbon development of the steel industry," Xia Nong said as an example, "The management level and performance level of energy conservation and emission reduction in some iron and steel enterprises are not high enough, the low carbon basic work is relatively weak, and there are still weak links in the standardization of data statistics and management system, the improvement of standard system, the construction of professional talent team, etc. There is still great potential to further improve the development level of energy conservation and emission reduction in the iron and steel industry."
Further strengthen the understanding of the necessity and urgency of green and low-carbon development, further strengthen the implementation of energy-saving and carbon reduction transformation, further improve the assessment system and working mechanism, and accelerate the green and low-carbon transformation and high-quality development of the steel industry.
According to Xia Nong, the work that has been carried out and will be further done mainly includes the following aspects:
First, formulate energy conservation and carbon reduction documents. In order to promote energy conservation and carbon reduction in key areas such as steel, in October 2021, the National Development and Reform Commission, together with relevant departments, successively issued and implemented three policy documents, including Several Opinions on Strengthening Energy Efficiency Constraints and Promoting Energy Conservation and Carbon Reduction in Key Areas, which defined the benchmark level and benchmark level of energy efficiency in key areas such as steel, and proposed the goal that the proportion of steel industry's production capacity to reach the benchmark level will exceed 30% by 2025.
The second is to strengthen the implementation of the document. Recently, the National Development and Reform Commission issued the Notice on Accelerating the Promotion of Energy Conservation and Carbon Reduction in Key Fields, which further requires all localities to establish an energy efficiency inventory of enterprise devices; Formulate the implementation plan of technological transformation, actively and steadily promote the transformation and upgrading of energy conservation and carbon reduction of enterprises.
The third is to study and formulate carbon peaking scheme. The National Development and Reform Commission is working with relevant departments to study and formulate the Implementation Plan for Carbon Peak in the Iron and Steel Industry, and propose the goals, ways and specific measures to ensure that the iron and steel industry can achieve carbon peak by 2030.
Fourth, we will increase policy support. According to the determined energy efficiency benchmark level and benchmark level, implement policies by category according to the principle of "keeping the pressure while maintaining the efficiency", promote the project to improve the efficiency and reach the standard, and modify, upgrade and eliminate the project in batches within a time limit; The transformation and upgrading of iron and steel energy conservation and carbon reduction, and low-carbon metallurgy will be the key support directions, and projects with obvious energy conservation and carbon reduction effects and strong demonstration role will be supported, and enterprises will be encouraged to implement key technology transformation and major technological breakthrough; Connect with financial institutions, support financial institutions to increase green credit investment, and continue to increase financial support for key energy conservation and carbon reduction transformation projects; By means of green electricity price, energy conservation supervision, environmental protection supervision and law enforcement, the market regulation, supervision and inspection were strengthened in accordance with laws and regulations.
"Last year, China Iron and Steel Industry Association established a low-carbon work promotion committee to coordinate the industry strength, cooperate with the National Development and Reform Commission and other departments to study and formulate a carbon peak implementation plan for the steel industry, promote energy conservation and carbon reduction in key areas and other related policies, and have carried out a lot of systematic and effective work around low-carbon development, low-carbon technology and low-carbon standards." Xia Nong affirmed the work of the Association in this regard, "China Iron and Steel Industry Association plays an indispensable role in promoting the green and low-carbon development of the steel industry."
Xia Nong further proposed that in the new journey of promoting the peak carbon in the steel industry, he hoped that the Association would continue to implement the purpose of the Association, resolutely implement the decisions and arrangements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, continue to play a good role as a bridge and link between the government and enterprises, carry out in-depth energy conservation and carbon reduction technology consulting and services, strengthen experience summary, publicity and promotion, timely reflect the demands and voices of the industry, and provide advice and suggestions for the healthy development of the industry. For iron and steel enterprises, he proposed that we should further enhance the initiative and consciousness of green and low-carbon development, earnestly implement the requirements of green and low-carbon development, resolutely curb the blind development of high energy consumption, high emission and low level projects, scientifically formulate a carbon peak plan, promote green development with scientific and technological innovation, and unswervingly follow the path of green and low-carbon development.