China reduced energy intensity by 3% in the first three quarters of the year – a rate that falls below energy reduction targets it set for itself, the Financial Times reported. Under its 11th Five-Year Plan, China has pledged to reduce energy intensity (the energy used for each unit of GDP) by 20% from 2006 to 2010. Last year energy intensity dropped by 1.33%, well below its 4% target. "The situation remains extremely bleak, with some work not being properly done," said Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, China's top planning body. He was citing problems with energy intensity and pollution statistics. The difficulties in reaching its reduction goals has been attributed to local officials who continue to embrace economic growth at the expense of the environment.