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US and China strike deal to curb emissions as COP26 nears end

As the COP26 climate summit enters its final days, the United States and China announce a surprising deal to increase cooperation on climate change.

By Devin Watkins

China and the US unveiled the unexpected accord late on Wednesday, boosting the UN’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, which concludes Friday.

The two countries top the list of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases.

US climate envoy John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua announced the deal during a press conference on the sidelines of COP26.

Support for climate summit

Kerry said the deal sends a strong signal to other countries participating in the summit.

“Together, we set out our support for a successful COP26, including certain elements that will advance the ambition,” he said. “Every step is important now and we have a long journey ahead of us.”

The US is trying to decarbonise its economy by 2050, but political divisions in Congress are currently holding back necessary legislation.

‘Ambitious and balanced’

China’s representative pledged his country’s commitment to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement and increase its emissions reduction targets.

Mr. Xie said: “Both sides will work together and with other parties to ensure a successful COP26 and enable a result that is both ambitious and balanced.”

He added that more than 30 meetings have been held in the past 10 months to agree on a joint statement.

In a statement, China pledged to begin phasing out coal consumption from 2026-2030, as well as methane emissions, which are mainly related to the coal industry.

Carefully welcome

Some activist groups, including Greenpeace, say the China-US deal contains many promises and few details.

But many experts and organizations expressed support for the deal, with the EU and UN hailing it as an encouraging and important step.

Frans Timmermans, the head of the EU’s climate policy, told Reuters news agency that the agreement shows that even countries at odds in several areas can find common ground “on what is the greatest challenge facing humanity today.” is confronted.”