China eyes 40 per cent reduction of CO2 emission in 2020

November 28, 2009 10:13 am 

MANILA, Nov. 28 —- China will reduce the intensity of its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP in 2020 by 40 to 45 per cent of the 2005 level, a ”voluntary action” which its State Council described as Beijing’s “major contribution to the global effort in tackling climate change."

The State Council’s decision was belatedly relayed to the press on Saturday by the Chinese embassy in Manila, quoting the national news agency, Xinhua. The State Council is the Philippine equivalent of the Cabinet.

The State Council, which met on Wednesday and presided by Premier Wen Jiabao, stressed that the action is "based on our own national conditions" and as “a responsible developing nation,” according to Xinhua, quoting a State Council press release issued on Thursday. The decision resulted from the State Council’s review of a national task plan on climate change.

”As a responsible developing nation, China advocates global concerted efforts in addressing climate change "through pragmatic and effective international cooperation," Xinhua quoted the State Council as saying.

According to the embassy, the Chinese cabinet reiterated the principled stand for implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. Both the UNFCCC principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" and the Bali Roadmap authorizations should be observed, the State Council stated.

It added that “the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol should be carried out in a comprehensive, effective and lasting way, and emissions alleviation, adaptation, technological transfer and financial support should be coordinated in a comprehensive way to help bring out positive results for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in December in Copenhagen.”

"Appropriate handling of the climate change issue is of vital interest to China's social and economic development and people's benefits, as well as the interests of all the people in the world and the world's long-term development,” the statement continued. (PNA)



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