Wang Xiaoping, director of Beijing Forestry Carbon Administration, has told local media that Beijing will build four high towers to monitor the city's carbon emissions.
Wang said Beijing will select 33 sites that represent all forest types and tree species in the mountain areas of the city to monitor the tree growth and carbon dioxide emission. In addition, it will construct four monitoring towers in the plain areas to realize a real-time monitoring of carbon emissions. The four towers are to be located in Daxing District, Badaling, Chongwen District, and Tongzhou District, and most of them are about 50 meters high. Wang stated that when these all of are completed, they will display carbon dioxide emission information via a screen.
Wang disclosed that Beijing is currently working on a carbon measurement certification system with Chinese characteristics and that this will also recognized by the international community. The system is expected to be completed in June 2010. In addition, Beijing will initiate an eco-benefit promotion and development mechanism. From this year on, Beijing municipal government will allocate CNY400 million each year for carbon offsets to promote the development of carbon-sink forests.