China makes further climate protection commitments at the UN summit

Steel mill in Shanxi Province

China is the country with the world’s largest greenhouse gas emissions.


(Photo: Reuters)

New York, London At the digital UN climate summit, China’s President Xi Jinping announced further efforts by his country in terms of climate protection. By 2030, China will reduce its CO2 emissions per unit of gross domestic product by more than 65 percent compared to 2005, he announced on Saturday.

The share of non-fossil energies in total energy consumption should increase to around 25 percent. In addition, it should be reforested and wind and solar power expanded further. China is the country with the world’s largest greenhouse gas emissions.

“China always keeps its promises,” said Xi Jinping. Determined steps will be taken to achieve the goals announced. In September China had already announced that it would create climate neutrality “before 2060” and that greenhouse gas emissions would peak “before 2030” – not until “around 2030”, as China had promised in the Paris climate agreement. The President affirmed both at the UN summit. Climate neutrality means that no more greenhouse gases are emitted than nature or technical solutions can bind.

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