Low car­bon

Amount of emis­sions com­pared to GDP falls as China pre­pares to hit its pledged tar­gets.

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - ByWANG YANFEI wangyan­fei@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

China is ex­pected to con­trib­ute more to help bridge the emis­sion gap to achieve the Paris Agree­ment, after the United Na­tions warned the world is not yet on track to hit goals set in the pact that came into force on Fri­day.

“Although China re­mains the world’s largest car­bon emit­ter, the na­tion is mak­ing quick progress on trans­form­ing to low-car­bon growth and is on track to ful­fill its Paris pledges,” said Zou Ji, deputy di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Cen­ter for Cli­mate Change Strat­egy, not­ing that the growth in coal use has been much slower than the growth in the econ­omy in re­cent years.

“China is ex­pected to make more con­tri­bu­tions in the fu­ture after eco­nomic growth shows a de­cou­pling trend with coal us­age,” said Zou.

Car­bon den­sity has de­creased from 2 kilo­grams of car­bon emis­sions per dol­lar of GDP in 1980 to just un­der half a kilo­gram last year, ac­cord­ing to the Brook­ings Ts­inghua Cen­ter for Public Pol­icy.

Zou’s re­marks came after the United Na­tions En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gram warned in its an­nual emis­sions re­port that global ef­forts “are far from enough” to achieve the 2030 tar­get to en­sure that global tem­per­a­tures do not rise more than 2Cabove prein­dus­trial lev­els — the level that coun­tries reached agree­ment on in Paris.

The 12 to 14 gi­ga­tons needed to be cut be­fore 2030, ac­cord­ing to UNEP’s es­ti­ma­tion, led to con­cerns over whether enough ef­forts have been made by emerg­ing economies, in­clud­ing China.

Zhou Dadi, a se­nior re­searcher at the China En­ergy Re­search So­ci­ety, said that China has made suf­fi­cient ef­forts and strong pledges com­pared to other large emit­ters.

“What needs to be done in the next a cou­ple of years for China, rather than fur­ther rais­ing the tar­gets, is to con­tinue to put words into ac­tion,” said Zhou.

Zhou was pos­i­tive about China ful­fill­ing its self-iden­ti­fied goals, ex­pect­ing that the coun­try is likely to hit peak emis­sions by the end of 2025, five years ahead of sched­ule.

Zou ex­pected that with guar­an­teed as­sur­ances be­ing made for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries such as China, de­vel­oped coun­tries are able to ful­fill Paris pledges to de­liver $100 bil­lion in fund­ing by the end of 2020.

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