The State Council of China assigned targets September 7 for reducing energy intensity and emissions and discharge of four times of pollutants for all provinces, autonomous regions, and major municipalities. The targets apply to the period covered by the 12th Five-Year Plan from 2011-2015 and call for a nationwide reduction of chemical oxygen demand in wastewater by 8 percent, ammonia nitrogen in wastewater by 10 percent, airborne sulfur dioxide by 8 percent, and airborne nitrogen oxides by 10 percent.