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▷ CGTN: From Paris to Glasgow: China is committed to protecting the planet

03.11.2021 – 02:41


Peking (ots/PRNewswire)

The 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations on Climate Change (COP26) opened on Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland, the first conference after the five-year review cycle of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has on many occasions highlighted China’s position on tackling the climate issue, expressed China’s firm support for the Paris Agreement and announced concrete measures the country is taking to protect the planet.

In his written statement to the World Summit of Heads of State and Government at COP26, published on Monday, Xi once again called for global unity and action to combat climate change and made three proposals.

Maintaining the multilateral consensus

“When it comes to global challenges like climate change, multilateralism is the right recipe,” said Xi in the statement, calling on all parties to build on the existing consensus, strengthen mutual trust and intensify cooperation to ensure a successful one To achieve COP26.

The Chinese president has enabled important advances in climate issues on a global scale. In 2015, he gave a keynote address at the Paris Climate Conference, thereby making a historic contribution to the conclusion of the Paris Agreement

At the climate summit in December 2020, President Xi announced China’s further commitments for 2030, making steady progress in implementing the Paris Agreement.

Earlier this month, in his speech at the Summit of Heads of State or Government of the China-hosted 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), he emphasized the importance of sharing the fruits of green development with all countries .

Concentration on concrete measures

“Visions will only come true if we turn them into reality,” said Xi on Monday as he urged all countries to meet their commitments, set realistic goals and do their best to implement their climate protection measures.

As the Chinese President said, China always follows its words with actions. According to a white paper on climate change published last week, the country’s carbon intensity will decrease 48.8 percent by 2020 compared to 2005 and 18.8 percent compared to 2015, showing that China is taking the Paris Agreement seriously.

By the end of 2020, non-fossil fuels will account for 16 percent of primary energy consumption in China, and the country has decommissioned 120 million kilowatts of installed coal-fired power plant capacity over the past decade.

China has also launched initiatives to promote green infrastructure, energy, transport and finance as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In 2020, 57 percent of Chinese investments in the BRI partner countries were in renewable energy projects, compared with 38 percent in 2019.

Accelerating Green Change

Xi on Monday highlighted the role of innovation in science and technology, calling for the promotion of a greener economy and society and exploring a new path that combines development and environmental protection.

China recently released two key guidelines: an overarching planning document for peaking carbon emissions and achieving carbon neutrality, and an action plan for peaking carbon emissions before 2030.

According to Xi, the country will draw up further specific implementation plans for key areas such as energy, industry, construction and transport as well as for key sectors such as coal, electricity, iron and steel and cement, combined with support measures in the areas of science and technology, carbon sink, taxes and levies as well financial incentives.

These plans together form China’s “1 + N” Framework Program, which is designed to help the country deliver on its promise to achieve its CO2 emissions by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2060, with a clearly defined schedule, roadmap and a blueprint.

Press contact:

Jiang Simin
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Original content by: CGTN, transmitted by news aktuell

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