BRUSSELS, October 7 (Hfrance.fr) - The emissaries of the United States and the UnionEuropean Climate Council urged China to increase its emission reduction targets on Thursday, adding to the pressure on the world's largest emitter ahead of the COP26 conference in Glasgow.
Three weeks before the start of the UN COP26 summit, the US and EU are trying to convince other countries to tackle climate change more quickly. Topping the list is China, which produces around 28% of global emissions.
"We need more clarity from the Chinese , for example, on when they will peak with their emissions, what are their plans with coal-fired power generation in China, "said EU climate policy chief Frans Timmermans , at an EU conference on Thursday.
The United States, the second largest emitter after China, is responsible for around 15 % of emissionss and the EU by around 8%.
China aims to become carbon neutral by 2060 and a target to shorter term for its CO2 emissions to peak by 2030, which is not aligned with the large reductions scientists say are needed this decade to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
"We hope that China will join us in this effort to achieve serious enough cuts " the US climate envoy said, John Kerry.
"China must decide whether it wants to be seen as a true leader on this subject and also as a responsible nation to towards global efforts. "
President Xi Jinping said last month that China will stop funding international coal-fired power generation - which, according toanalysts, could wipe out $ 50 billion in planned investment, although that does not cover new national powerhouses. learn more
Ambitious action by China could push other countries to act, with India and Saudi Arabia among those that did not have yet to improve on their emission reduction commitments.
Efforts to raise climate action on the agenda face challenges. 'other geopolitical tensions.
The United States and China agreed this week that their presidents will hold a virtual meeting by the end of the year. year to try to improve communication as strategic rivalry intensifies and relations are strained in hot spots, including Taiwan. read more Report by Kate Abnett; edited by Barbara Lewis
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