Chen Jining: China's environmental investment demand in the next few years is about 8 to 10 trillion
The Press Center of the Third Session of the 12th National People's Congress held a press conference at the Multipurpose Hall of the Media Center at 15:30 on March 7th (Saturday), inviting Minister of Environmental Protection Chen Jining to answer questions on "Enhancing Environmental Protection in an All-round Way". Chinese and foreign reporters' questions.
At present, the downward pressure on the economy is indeed increasing, and the task of ecological environmental protection is also very arduous. It is indeed a great challenge to break and balance the contradictions between them. I think, here, the challenge is also an opportunity. Our response to today's crisis is to avoid a bigger crisis tomorrow. We seize the opportunity today to create better opportunities for development tomorrow. Therefore, first of all, we cannot return to the old road of extensive development in the past. The downward pressure on the economy and the environmental protection work cannot be relaxed.
Second, we are under a globally competitive economic system. One enterprise must be bigger and stronger, especially strong, and cannot rely on protection and backwardness. It must rely on technological innovation to become stronger and stronger. And its important driver is to improve the requirements of environmental protection. Good economic policies have always been conducive to environmental protection. Violating the laws of nature will ultimately violate the laws of the economy and be punished by economic laws. On the other hand, I think we should see that environmental protection itself is also an important driving force for current and future economic growth. Some representatives have already put forward corresponding suggestions. China's demand for environmental protection investment in the next few years is very large, about 8-10 trillion yuan, and this investment has not been repeated construction, long-term benefits, is a good driving force for economic growth. The investment in environmental protection in our country has gradually increased over the years. You may have noticed that the investment in environmental protection in the whole society in the past three years is about 100 billion yuan per year. What is the problem? The problem is that we are still mainly relying on government investment to solve the problem. The proportion of government investment is between 30% and 40%. This market has not been fully opened yet, and it has not driven social capital into this market to drive our economic development.