On the fast track
PRC’s UN climate pledges are ‘expected,’ claims state media
Mainland China is expected to unveil its long-awaited national pledges to reduce carbon emissions beyond 2020, a state-run newspaper said Monday, as top mainland official Li Keqiang visits Belgium and France ahead of a Paris climate summit.
The world’s number one emitter has yet to put forward its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), as the pledges are called by the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Speculation has mounted that the announcement will be made during Li’s visit this week to Belgium and France, where December’s climate talks will be held.
Beijing’s ambassador to the EU, Yang Yanyi, told the China Daily that a PRC-EU joint statement on climate change was “under discussion,” as Li prepared to attend the 17th China-EU Summit in Brussels.
“It is expected that China will also unveil its long-awaited national contribution to combating climate change,” the newspaper said, without giving details.
All countries are meant to propose their targets for cutting emissions ahead of the U.N.-led talks which are aimed at forging a pact to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius over pre-industrial revolution levels, to take effect from 2020.
At a summit between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama in November Beijing committed for the first time to limiting its greenhouse gas output — setting a target date of about 2030 for its emissions to peak.
A Muslim man reads the holy book the Quran at a mosque during the second week of Ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 29. Muslims across the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, where they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk.