Cli­mate meet stays on track

Chi­nese ne­go­tia­tors vowed not to wa­ver de­spite doubts over US po­si­tion af­ter election of Trump

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - ByWANG YANFEI in­Mar­rakech, Morocco wangyan­fei@chi­

Top Chi­nese cli­mate of­fi­cials have pledged to ne­go­ti­ate the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the his­toric United Na­tions Paris cli­mate agree­ment based on a con­sen­sus at the Mar­rakech Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence tak­ing place in Morocco.

They also brushed aside con­cerns about Tues­day’s election of Don­ald Trump as the next US pres­i­dent — Trump has called cli­mate change sci­ence a “hoax” and pledged to rene­go­ti­ate last year’s land­mark Paris ac­cords.

“China will not change its stance on cli­mate change while ne­go­ti­at­ing de­tails on how to bet­ter im­ple­ment the Paris pact dur­ing the twoweek con­fer­ence,” said Gou Haibo, deputy chief of the Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion, on Wed­nes­day, in re­sponse to ques­tions about Trump.

The Mar­rakech meet­ing, from Nov 7 to 18, is meant to agree on how sig­na­to­ries to the Paris ac­cords will carry out pledges to limit green­house gases.

Aquo­rum of na­tions rat­i­fied last year’s ac­cord onNov 4, giv­ing it the force of in­ter­na­tional law.

More than 80 Chi­nese ne­go­tia­tors en­tered dis­cus­sions on the first day on more than 50 is­sues re­gard­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Paris agree­ment, ac­cord­ing to Gou.

“Al­though we are not sure whether the pen­du­lum will change the US stance, China will not (change). We will only re­fine de­tails of im­ple­ment­ing the agree­ment with­out ei­ther chang­ing na­tion­ally de­ter­mined con­tri­bu­tions or po­si­tions,” Gou said.

Na­tion­ally de­ter­mined con­tri­bu­tions state how each coun­try would help con­trol cli­mate change and vary, de­pend­ing in part on de­vel­op­men­tal level.

“China will con­tinue to shoul­der com­mon but dif­fer­en­ti­ated re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” Gou said.

China is well on its way to achiev­ing its NDCs, ac­cord­ing to Gou, in which the na­tion pledged to re­duce car­bon emis­sions per unit of GDP by 60 to 65 per­cent below 2005 lev­els by the end of 2030. China also is striv­ing to reach its emis­sions peak as soon as pos­si­ble.

Lu Xin­ming, deputy direc­tor of the De­part­ment of Cli­mate Change with the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, said China is will­ing to forge ahead on col­lab­o­ra­tion with the United States on cli­mate change. The US del­e­ga­tion de­clined to com­ment.

Kim­berly Hill Knott, direc­tor of pol­icy with Detroi­ters Work­ing for En­vi­ron­men­tal Jus­tice, an NGO, said she ex­pects the talks would reach con­sen­sus on as many is­sues as pos­si­ble to fend off un­cer­tain­ties associated with the in­com­ing US ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Huang Haom­ing, head of the China As­so­ci­a­tion for NGO Co­op­er­a­tion, said that it is too early to worry. “There have been achieve­ments made in the United States on low-car­bon de­vel­op­ment, and be­tween our two coun­tries, we have es­tab­lished col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­grams with the US,” he said.

“Peo­ple should not be too wor­ried at this point. I’m ex­pect­ing pos­i­tive re­sults at the end of the cli­mate talks.”

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