On the fast track

PRC’s UN cli­mate pledges are ‘ex­pected,’ claims state media

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

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.

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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.

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