Tech­nol­ogy shar­ing key for cli­mate

Chi­nese rep­re­sen­ta­tive calls for co­op­er­a­tion to safe­guard world

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By HOU LIQIANG houliqiang@chi­

Xie Zhen­hua, Chi­nese spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive on cli­mate change af­fairs, has called for the estab­lish­ment of an in­ter­na­tional mech­a­nism for tech­nol­ogy co­op­er­a­tion and trans­fer as the world pro­motes tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion to curb cli­mate change.

He made the pro­posal when ad­dress­ing a con­fer­ence to com­mem­o­rate the 30th an­niver­sary of China’s join­ing the UN In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change, which was hosted by the China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion on Fri­day.

“The core of tack­ling cli­mate change is how to achieve a win-win sit­u­a­tion as the world safe­guards the com­mon in­ter­est of global cli­mate safety while each coun­try seeks its na­tional in­ter­est in main­tain­ing sus­tain­able eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment. There also is a need to trans­form the chal­lenge of cli­mate change into op­por­tu­ni­ties for green and low-car­bon de­vel­op­ment,” Xie said.

In Oc­to­ber, the UN panel is­sued a spe­cial re­port on the im­pacts of global warm­ing of 1.5 C above prein­dus­trial lev­els. It high­lighted a num­ber of ef­fects that could be avoided by lim­it­ing global warm­ing to 1.5 C in­stead of 2 C, the goal set in the Paris cli­mate agree­ment.

Xie said tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion and break­throughs are needed as the world ex­plores the fea­si­bil­ity of a 1.5 C in­crease. Tack­ling cli­mate change re­lies to a great ex­tent on the cost, per­for­mance and avail­abil­ity of fu­ture tech­nolo­gies.

The world needs to strengthen tech­no­log­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion and in­no­vate in de­sign­ing an in­ter­na­tional mech­a­nism to trans­fer tech­nolo­gies to fur­ther con­trol green­house gas emis­sions, he said.

Xie also called for proac­tive pro­mo­tion of green fi­nance.

“Fi­nance is a guar­an­tee for

The core of tack­ling cli­mate change is how to achieve a win-win sit­u­a­tion.”

Xie Zhen­hua, Chi­nese spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive on cli­mate change af­fairs

strength­ened ac­tion to com­bat cli­mate change. Only with a flow of funds in ac­cor­dance with low-car­bon emis­sions and cli­mate-re­silient de­vel­op­ment can the re­search and de­vel­op­ment of rel­e­vant tech­nolo­gies and prod­ucts be ac­cel­er­ated,” he said.

Such a flow will also help broaden the mar­ket and help re­form and op­ti­mize in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion and op­er­a­tions, he added.

While the lat­est re­port by the UN panel warned that it’s in­creas­ingly ur­gent for the world to take ac­tion to com­bat cli­mate change, it lacks suf­fi­cient re­search to point to a fea­si­ble so­lu­tion to ad­dress the cost chal­lenges of reach­ing no more than 1.5 C. The world still needs to keep work­ing to­ward the 2 C goal of the Paris agree­ment while mak­ing ef­forts to try to achieve the 1.5 C level, he said.

The UN panel has pub­lished five re­ports and will un­veil an­other one in 2022. A to­tal of 148 Chi­nese sci­en­tists have been se­lected as main au­thors of the re­ports, said Liu Yam­ing, head of China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion, ad­dress­ing the con­fer­ence.

She also said the num­ber of Chi­nese main au­thors to th­ese re­ports has been on the rise and th­ese re­ports have quoted an in­creas­ing num­ber of re­search pa­pers from Chi­nese sci­en­tists.

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