New Delhi, July 2 (G’nY News Service): The pledge comes months before a joint climate summit later this year in Paris.
China is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases. It has always been hesitant in cutting its carbon emissions citing it as a requirement for its “growing economy”. But the latest news comes as a big surprise as the country, in its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), has pledged that it shall cut its carbon emissions by 60%-65% of GDP by 2030, from its 2005 levels. This comes after the country had previously pledged a 40%-45% cut by the year 2020.
The country presented the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) much ahead of the UN COP 21 (Conference on Parties 21). This year the UN COP will be held in the months of Nov-Dec in Paris, France.
China also commented that it shall increase the role of non-fossil fuels by 20% by the year 2030. Its previous promise was a 15% increase by the year 2020.
The Chinese government has unveiled a comprehensive climate action plan to go along with its commitment. This is done in accordance with China’s previous declaration at a US-China summit last November. The success of this plan shall be determined by the actual steps taken at the ground level.
China seems willing to comply with the United Nations environmental norms which it had been long dodging, citing development needs. China also wishes to set an example by pressing upon other countries for similar pledges.
Analysts have allayed fears that such action shall not affect China’s growth rate. They argue that regardless of the emission cuts, China will continue to grow at a steady pace till 2030.
China belongs to an elite group of nations that are among the largest producers of greenhouse gases. The group also includes U.S.A., E.U. and Mexico. All these member countries shall gather in Paris later this year to discuss climate change and the future course of action.
China has made a bold commitment and the world is watching. It is now time to see some actual results.
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