Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday said China would step up its efforts to increase carbon emissions by 2030 and fulfill its promise to be carbon neutral by 2060, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
“You can rest assured that China will keep its promise,” said Xinhua.
China, which causes 29% of global emissions, is investing in renewable energies, building hundreds of new carbon-intensive coal-fired power plants and planning energy-intensive infrastructure projects to accelerate economic recovery from COVID-19.
“Global warming will not stop because of COVID-19. We must never relax our efforts to combat climate change,” Xi said, adding that China will continue to redouble its efforts to respond to climate change.
Xi first said in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September that China would achieve carbon neutrality before 2060, when he also urged all countries to seek a “green recovery” in the global economy in the post-COVID era.
A former US climate negotiator, Andrew Light, said China’s announcement aims to set the agenda and precede pressure from former Vice President Joe Biden if he becomes president. Biden, now president-elect, has pledged to set a U.S. target for net-zero emissions by 2050.
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