Beijing: China, the world's highest emitter of green house gases, on Tuesday launched the fourth census of its environmental protection industry to prepare scientific data for the nation's policymakers.
The census will cover the manufacturing and operation of environmental protection products, resource recycling and environmentally-friendly products in 2011, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said.
Services related to the environmental protection industry, including the operation of environmental protection facilities and the construction of environment-related projects, will also be included in the census, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
China has overtaken the US and has become the highest polluter of carbon emissions producing about a quarter of global carbon pollution blamed for global warming.
Wu Xiaoqing, vice minister of the MEP said in order to get a clear picture of the industry, the nation urgently needs a census on the environmental protection industry.
The industry's focus is transitioning from manufacturing to service, Wu said adding that the market had demanded higher quality and improved delivery capacity in the sector.
The nationwide project is aimed at establishing a long-lasting, renewable database for the industry and publishing investigative reports.
The census will be jointly carried out by the MEP, the National Bureau of Statistics and the National Development and Reform Commission.
Similar projects were carried out in 1993, 2000 and 2004.