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China is on the right side of history on climate change

Statistics also show that China’s 2020 annual CO2 emissions per capita at 7.41 tons is much less than the US’s 14.24 tons and Australia’s 15.37 tons.

China firmly believes in honoring its words with deeds.

For a country like China, with the largest population in the world and the fastest industrialization in history, achieving neutrality in 30 years is really an arduous task and requires painstaking effort. But China firmly believes in honoring its words with deeds.

In recent years, China has given the response to climate change a higher priority in state governance, including formulating and implementing a variety of national strategies, regulations, policies and standards. In addition, a lot of hard work has been done, which means that significant progress has been made.

By the end of 2020, China’s carbon emissions intensity had fallen by 48 percent compared to 2005, meaning China had more than fulfilled its commitment of 40 to 45 percent to the international community when it joined the Paris Agreement. The decrease in carbon intensity translates into an overall reduction of approximately 5.8 billion tons of carbon emissions.

Today, electricity generated from non-fossil energy accounts for more than a third of the country’s power consumption. The total installed capacity of photovoltaic power generation has increased by a factor of more than 3000 compared to 2005 and wind by a factor of more than 200.

China has been the leader in expanding PV capacity for eight years in a row. In manufacturing equipment for wind energy and PV power generation, China is the world leader in technology and output.

Recently, China has started construction of a batch of large wind power and PV bases with a combined installed capacity of 30 million kilowatts, marking the start of the first phase of projects with an installed capacity of approximately 100 million kilowatts. In 2021, China announced that there would be no new coal-fired power stations abroad.

Support for developing countries

And China will do more along the way. First, it will continue industrial restructuring, implement strict market access standards for 13 industries, including iron and steel, ferroalloys and coke, and curb the haphazard development of energy-intensive and high-emission projects.

Second, China will improve and adapt the energy mix, prioritize the development of non-fossil fuels, promote the green development of hydropower, invest more in the development of wind and solar energy, pursue the orderly development of nuclear energy under the condition of guaranteed security, and the development of biomass energy, geothermal energy and marine energy.

Third, China will actively explore new low-carbon development models. The government has set a binding target to reduce carbon intensity by 18 percent from 2020 to 2025. Pilots and demonstrations have been launched on green and low-carbon development in areas such as energy, industry, construction and transport.

Climate change affects the future of everyone on Earth and therefore requires concerted action by the international community. While Western politicians at the Glasgow summit bicker over when to deliver on their pledge to provide $100 billion a year to finance poor countries’ transition costs to climate change, China has already done its best to provide aid and support to other developing countries. .

China has allocated 1.1 billion yuan ($235 million) to South-South climate change cooperation, donated energy conservation and new energy products and equipment to nearly 40 countries, helped relevant countries launch meteorological satellites and has nearly 1,500 officials and technical personnel working in the climate response sector of 120 developing countries.

China and the US released the Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s, in which they pledged to continue to work together and with all parties to strengthen the implementation of the Paris Agreement. They also emphasized to strengthen climate action based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capacities, and taking into account national circumstances.

Australia promotes a technology-based approach as a solution to global warming and has a unique advantage in using wind, solar and hydrogen energy. China is poised to strengthen cooperation with all countries, including Australia, and make a greater contribution to the global response to climate change.

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