Ahead of Climate Summit, China Doesn’t Offer Significant New Goals

While world leaders gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), China announced on Thursday (28/10) that it had no significant new goals for reducing emissions that cause climate change, even though the country is a major emitter of carbon dioxide. and various other greenhouse gases in the world that cause global warming.

“It’s not surprising, but disappointing that there isn’t anything new about (their) goals,” said Joanna Lewis, an expert on China, climate and energy issues at Georgetown University. Associated Press.

Earlier, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who is not expected to attend the summit, said his country aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions “before 2030” and achieve “carbon neutrality” by 2060.

Thursday’s announcement simply reiterated Xi’s earlier aims.

Lewis said the documents released by China only provided details about meeting the pre-set goals.

“The document does not provide answers to major open questions about the country’s emissions,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, principal analyst at the Center for Clean Energy and Air Research, reports Associated Press.

The document calls climate change a “grim challenge facing all humanity” and says China is “also among the countries worst affected by climate change.”

China, which relies heavily on coal for electricity, continues to build coal-fired power plants at a rapid rate. [lt/em]

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