Green development presents bright prospects for Inner Mongolia

By Wu Yong, People’s Daily

Over recent years, eco-environmental conservation and green development have gained traction in north China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

Grassland is under great natural regeneration thanks to a subsidizing policy for ecological protection, which has been implemented for a dozen years. 

Commercial logging is banned. Therefore, its Daxing’anling forest area, China’s largest state-owned forest area, is free from lumbering activities.

The Kubuqi Desert in Inner Mongolia has turned green today and is listed as a model of desert control by the United Nations. The water coverage of the autonomous region’s Hulun Lake, Ulansu Lake, and Daihai Lake remains stable due to comprehensive management.

Green is a defining feature of Inner Mongolia’s development. Ecological conservation is an obligation of the autonomous region that generates infinite power for its development.

As an essential energy source and strategic resource for China, Inner Mongolia is brimming with vitality.

It ranks first in the country regarding total installed power and new energy capacities. Using its advantages to achieve higher development efficiency, the autonomous region boasts a robust modern energy economy. 

Inner Mongolia has made remarkable progress in developing wind and photovoltaic power generation, transforming from a significant fossil energy producer to one focusing on new energy.

Last year, it proposed to raise the proportion of the total capacity of renewable energy generation to around 40 percent. Besides, the installed capacity of new energy power is expected to outrun that of thermal power in the autonomous region by 2025.

Inner Mongolia is a national-level production base of agricultural and livestock products. It pursues high-quality agriculture and animal husbandry development and develops the two sectors in line with specific conditions.

Over recent years, its consumption of chemical fertilizers and pesticides has turned to constant negative growth, while the region has witnessed a continuous rise in the comprehensive utilization of straws and animal waste, as well as the recycling of mulching film. Inner Mongolia now boasts a higher capability in the supply of green and quality products, including grains, edible oil, coarse cereals, dairy products, beef, and mutton.

To work for a beautiful China, Inner Mongolia has designated over half its land area as ecological protection red-line zones and 70 percent as environmental spaces. It is not a restriction for its development. Still, it mirrors the autonomous region’s determination to build a modern industrial system with green features, establish a hub of the new energy industry, and achieve carbon peaking and neutrality goals.

Giving full play to its advantages, Inner Mongolia autonomous region is striving with sound momentum for a comprehensive green transition in production and lifestyles and laying a solid foundation for future development.

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