China is by far the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, and the announcement offers new specifics about the country’s existing climate targets. However, the pledge includes a slightly strengthened emissions intensity target, and some environmentalists’ immediate response to the overall package was lukewarm
His announcement came at a virtual summit marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate deal.
emissions have been on a generally upward march this century and
surpassed the U.S. in the mid-2000s, though they dipped slightly this
year, per a major analysis released on Thursday.
"This is an incremental step towards the right direction, but more needs to be done to align near term action and China's carbon-free vision," said Li Shuo, a China analyst with Greenpeace, of China's vow to strengthen its targets under the Paris agreement.
He said in an email exchange that China should aim to have its absolute emissions peak before 2025, compared to their pledge last year of a peak sometime before 2030.
And via Bloomberg,
Byford Tsang of the climate think tank E3G said: “While this is a step
in the right direction, it falls short of what is required to achieve
its 2060 neutrality target.”
It's among the recent pledges that big emitters are rolling out in recent weeks and days.
The Trump administration did not have anyone speak at the summit. President-elect Biden is vowing not only to rejoin the Paris agreement but also to rally countries to take new steps.
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