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2019-12 /03

Action leader for emissions reduction

By HU ANGANG | China Daily Global | Updated: 2019-12-03 00:00

The 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference, being held in Madrid from Dec 2 to 13, once again puts the spotlight on the climate challenge that the world faces. Especially since the United States has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement, the international community is now looking to China to exert global leadership by cooperating with major economies such as the European Union and Japan to ensure the targets agreed in Paris are met.

Recently, Nature Communications published a study assessing China's performance in implementing the Paris Agreement. The results show that China is expected to reach its Paris Agreement target ahead of schedule, as its carbon emissions will peak before 2030.

The reduction of the intensity and total amount of carbon emissions from China is being done in three stages. The first stage is the continuous reduction of carbon emissions per unit of GDP, to reduce the growth rate of carbon emissions. The second stage is zero growth in carbon emissions (less than 0.5 percent), and the third stage is absolute emissions reduction, meaning that the total carbon emissions will decline.

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