AFD wishes to clarify that the project in question is one of energy efficiency that involves recovery of lost heat from a cogeneration power plant built several years ago. The purpose of the project is to recover the lost heat and to increase energy production without increasing coal consumption, thereby meeting an immediate need on the part of local populations. Contrary to reports in the media, the project does not finance a coal-power plant or a cogeneration plant.
The project will lead to a net decrease in greenhouse-gas emissions, thereby providing a positive impact on the fight against climate change. It will in fact help economize 62,000 tons of CO2 per year— the equivalent of the annual emissions of 30,000 cars—and it will make it possible to close down several polluting and inefficient coal-powered plants in the City of Shihezi.
It should be recalled that investments in energy efficiency and those linked to the heat-distribution sector are recognized as crucial instruments in the fight against climate change. In fact, in the long-term scenarios worked out by the International Energy Agency, energy efficiency represents about 50% of reductions in greenhouse gases.