China Announces Next Steps in Shift to Low-Carbon Path

As China unveiled its contribution (“INDC”) to the international climate negotiations, affirming the pledges it made in its joint announcement with the U.S. in November, a spokesman for Christian Aid, Mohamed Adow, said, “The pledge marks a significant shift away from a fossil fuel-intensive development path to one focused on renewables on a scale the world has never yet seen.” Jennifer Morgan of the World Resources Institute called it “a serious and credible” effort, and said “China’s commitment was made possible by its ambitious clean energy policies and investments enacted over the past decade.”

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The contribution states that China will peak its carbon dioxide emissions around 2030 and make best efforts to peak early, and increase the share of non-fossil fuels in its primary energy consumption to around 20 percent by that date. It also announces new targets to reduce the carbon intensity of China’s economy by 60 to 65 percent, and to raise the country’s forest stock volume by around 4.5 billion cubic meters, from 2005 levels by 2030.

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