China, the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases, officially delivered its new climate commitmentsannounced the UN, three days after the start of the COP26, crucial conference against global warming.
Beijing commits in its new “Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)” to achieve its emission peak “before 2030“, and achieve the carbon neutrality “before 2060“, objectives in line with what was declared by the President Xi Jinping.
These contributions anticipate reducing carbon intensity (the CO2 emissions relative to GDP) by more than 65% compared to 2005.
In your previous NDC, China promised to lower his carbon intensity between 60 and 65%, until 2030, and reach its peak “around 2030”.
Now, Beijing recalls that developed countries must “assume their historical responsibilities and continue to lead clearly in reducing emissions.”
What’s more, China pledges to increase the use of non-fossil fuels to 25%, especially increasing its “installed solar and wind power capacity to 1.2 billion kw by 2030”, and to increase its “six billion cubic meters” reserve “forest compared to 2005.
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, yesterday asked the countries to act decisively against climate change, claiming that it is a “question of survival” for humanity.
“Only urgent and priority action can mitigate or avoid disasters that will have a great impact – and in some cases lethal – in all of us, especially in our children and grandchildren ”, affirmed.
Bachelet urged governments participating in the COP26, to fulfill financial promises to poor countries that are most at risk to help them reduce their gas emissions.
By AFP, EFE and AP