20.09.21~20.09.27 Climate change: China aims for ‘carbon neutrality by 2060’ – BBC News

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China will aim to hit peak emissions before 2030 and for carbon neutrality by 2060, President Xi Jinping has announced….China is the world’s biggest source of carbon dioxide, responsible for around 28% of global emissions.

Back in 2014 Mr Xi and then US-President Barack Obama came to a surprise agreement on climate change, which became a key building block of the Paris agreement signed in December 2015.

“China isn’t just the world’s biggest emitter but the biggest energy financier and biggest market, so its decisions play a major role in shaping how the rest of the world progresses with its transition away from the fossil fuels that cause climate change,” said Richard Black, director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), a UK-based think tank.


“The announcement today is also a major fillip for the European Union, whose leaders recently urged President Xi to take exactly this step as part of a joint push on lowering emissions, showing that international moves to curb climate change remain alive despite the best efforts of Donald Trump and [Brazil’s president] Jair Bolsonaro in the run-up to next year’s COP26 in Glasgow.”

An excerpt from  https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54256826