In mid-December, local authorities shut down the plant and production was halted.
Ma Hairu, a manufacturer of paper decorations for Christmas and New Year, said her factory was struggling to meet demand because only half of its factories were allowed to operate. “We have a lot of orders, but we do not have time to do them,” he said.
Officials in China’s Zhejiang province are working to accelerate the five-year energy consumption target set by the central government, which ends on December 31. Earlier this month, local directives instructed businesses to stop and use elevators on the third floor only. External temperatures drop below 3 ° C (37 ° F).
“There is no power shortage,” he said [in Zhejiang]: Zhao Chenxin, secretary-general of the National Development and Reform Commission, said on Monday that some parts of the state had taken steps to limit electricity consumption to save energy and reduce emissions.
Efforts to reduce energy consumption have claimed the lives of millions. Yiwu, with a population of one million, has a temperature of 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit). Shopping malls; Heating is off in schools and hospitals.
Zhejiang’s massive power outages highlight the strengths and weaknesses of China’s political system. While the Communist Party may make ambitious commitments to reduce carbon emissions, vigorous implementation of these goals could incur costs for the people who benefit them.
Some have called on the Yiwu government to abandon public safety and mark political report cards.
After the online counterattack, officers reopened some lights. The government fire operator told CNN, “The fire has been out for a few days. Most are now open.”
But there are other limitations. Min Fei, manager of a cafe at a shopping center in the city’s business district, said the heat had been turned off for about two weeks and electronic billboards and escalators were no longer working.
Businesses affected by the coronavirus earlier this year ordered the city’s factories and workshops to reduce production or shut down production during the floods.
December is the busiest time for Liu Lei, who does a small job with his wife in the suburbs of Yiwu. That year we made red envelopes for the New Year. But he was two years old. He was ordered to work until the end of the year To save power.
“Yes, the effect [on my business] Large orders are urgently needed for red envelopes, but I can not get enough.
Targeted political culture
Similar scrambles of the past – happened on a much larger scale and for many more months. In 2010, the last year of China’s 11-year, five-year plan, Zhejiang and more than a dozen other provinces began work to limit electricity consumption.
“This is common in China, and it is the result of a targeted political culture,” said Trey McArver, a colleague at Beijing-based Trivium.
In the absence of democratic elections, Chinese authorities Objectives for social stability and environmental protection are promoted to political positions in a performance-based assessment system that plays an important role in promoting opportunities.
Under Xi’s dictatorship, local authorities came under increasing pressure from the central government to achieve Beijing’s policy goals.
The five-year plan is a legacy of Chinese rule during the Maoist era. These top-level policy drafts outline the country’s social and economic development goals for the future. The 13th Five-Year Plan runs from 2016 to 2020.
The state only allows the equivalent of 23.8 million tonnes of coal It peaked in 2015 and reached 2050, but there are signs of overuse.
McArver, an adviser, said the goal was more than one meeting for officers, so they were not always complete. “In the end, the reason why we are struggling to achieve this goal is because the local authorities are now focusing on other goals,” he said. Employment and government revenue.
Coronavirus shutdowns initially helped the emission target, analysts said. China’s rapid economic recovery from the epidemic depends heavily on energy-intensive industries, said Li Shuo, senior climate policy adviser at Greenpeace East Asia.
Manufacturers in Yiwu have seen a resurgence in production due to an increase in orders after the summer. But it was short-lived.
Mar, who sells and sells event decorations, said it was a particularly difficult year for the business. The first was due to infectious diseases and now electricity restrictions.
“We used to earn over one million yuan ($ 150,000), but we do not know how much we can do with all these cuts this year,” he said.