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Sub-anchor: China committed to reducing carbon emissions


11-25-2014 21:51 BJT

For more on what China is doing to address climate change, we're joined by CCTV's Wu Haojun here in the studio with more details.

Q1. A major action plan on combating climate change was unveiled just last week.. with more than a few groundbreaking pledges. Can you give us some background on that?

A: Of course. Hard on the heels of last week’s China-US climate deal, The State Council unveiled yet another major energy strategy action plan that for the first time includes a cap on national coal consumption by 2020. The State Council’s energy action plan also calls for reducing the amount of coal used by China in its energy needs to less than 62 percent by that year. This is definitely another major breakthrough since coal is the largest contributor to CO2 emissions as well as to China’s dangerous PM2.5 air pollution. But that’s not all China is doing. The country’s pledge to boost the share of non-fossil energy to 20 percent by 2030 will require generating carbon-free energy equal to the amount of all the energy produced by Spain every year until 2030. Now, for those who question China’s resolve in seeing these plans through, According to the National Development and Reform Commission, by the end of last year, China had reduced carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by over 28 percent since 2005.

Q2. China has been advocating and promoting international cooperation on tackling climate change and improving the environment. What are some of the most recent efforts to make that happen?

A: Well for starters, China has called for deeper international cooperation under the principles of "common but different responsibilities," equity and respective capability. In a historic climate change deal signed earlier this month in Beijing, China and the United States announced that both countries would curb their greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades. Under the agreement, China would peak its carbon emissions by 2030 and also aims to get 20 percent of its energy from zero-carbon emission sources by the same year. China has also been helping other developing countries. Since 2011, China used 270 million RMB to help developing countries improve their capacity to tackle climate change, and trained 2,000 officials and technicians from developing countries around the world.

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