Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that China will step up efforts to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and meet its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. .
“You can count on China to keep its promise,” Xi said, speaking to the 12th BRICS summit via video link, according to Xinhua.
China, which produces 29% of global emissions, is investing in renewable energy while building hundreds of new carbon-intensive coal plants and considering energy-intensive infrastructure projects to help accelerate its economic recovery post-COVID-19.
“Global warming will not stop because of COVID-19. To fight climate change, we must never relax our efforts,” Xi said, adding that China will continue to redouble its efforts to respond. to climate change.
Xi first said China will achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in September, when he also urged all countries to pursue a “green recovery” in the economy. global in the post-COVID era.
Former U.S. climate negotiator Andrew Light said China’s announcement was meant to set the agenda and to get ahead of pressure from former Vice President Joe Biden if he became president. Biden, now president-elect, has pledged to set a U.S. goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
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