‘China is willing to contribute more’: Beijing signals carbon neutrality intent

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After a virtual summit with the EU, China trailed plans to go carbon neutral by mid century, in a move welcomed by climate advocates EU leaders pushed China president Xi Jinping to aim for climate neutrality by 2060 (Pic: European Council) China is considering carbon neutrality as part of its long term climate plan, the country’s foreign ministry announced following a summit with EU leaders. The statement by the world’s biggest polluter has been hailed as a milestone by climate advocates, who say that China raising its ambition is critical to the success of next year’s Cop26 UN climate summit. “China is willing to contribute more and we are now considering and studying a mid-century long-term vision for climate change, including such issues as the peaking of carbon dioxide emissions and carbon neutrality,” foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a press conference on Tuesday, a day after China took part in a virtual summit with EU leaders. At the summit on Monday, EU leaders pushed China to aim for climate neutrality by 2060 or face punitive carbon tariffs. “China is a key global partner in reducing global greenhouse gas and tackling climate change. And we encourage China to […]

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