Beijing: Keeping up with its commitment to cut energy consumption per unit of GDP by 16 per cent and slash emissions by 17 per cent by 2015, world's largest primary energy consumer - China on Monday announced its targets for energy cuts in industrial production for this year.

Under the schedule, China aims to lessen energy use and carbon emissions per unit of industrial value-added output by 4 per cent this year, relative to 2010 levels, Zhou Changyi, director of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) told a conference in Nanjing, capital of eastern Jiangsu Province.

Water use per unit of industrial value-added output will be slashed by 7 per cent this year, he said.

The cuts are part of the country's wider plan to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions per unit of industrial value-added output by 18 per cent by 2015, said MIIT deputy minister Su Bo.

The government also pledged a 30 per cent reduction in water consumption per unit of industrial value-added output by 2015, state run news agency quoted him as saying.

China has vowed in its 12th Five-Year (2011-2015) Programme to cut energy consumption per unit of GDP by 16 per cent while slashing carbon emissions by 17 per cent in the five years to 2015.

Going by the official data, 26 per cent decline in energy use per unit of industrial value added output in the five years to 2010, with 750 million tonnes of coal equivalent saved.     
 
Former MIIT minister Li Yizhong said at the end of last year that China's industrial value-added output would likely increase 10 per cent each year during the five years to 2015.

Su said China should step up improving industrial structure and technological upgrading to meet the goals.

Zhou also asked local authorities to set their own green targets and said the MIIT will strengthen supervision on major energy users.