Saturday, 18 September, 2021


US, China agree to cooperate on climate change

John Kerry can be seen gesturing as he speaks John Kerry can be seen gesturing as he speaks
Kristine Garrett | 18 April, 2021, 15:53

The statement said the two countries also agreed to discuss specific emission reduction actions including energy storage, carbon capture and hydrogen. From Shanghai, the former secretary of state flew to South Korea for talks. "We all need to see what happens".

Xi previous year announced that China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, would achieve a peak in carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060.

Chinese President Xi Jinping slammed the European Union's plan for a carbon tax system today in a call with the leaders of France and Germany, state media reported. The US and other countries are expected to announce more ambitious national targets for cutting carbon emissions ahead of or at the meeting, along with pledging financial help for climate efforts by less wealthy nations.

Kerry is in China for meetings with his counterparts until Saturday - the first visit by an official from the new U.S. administration.

If the United States refuses to work with China on climate because of other disagreements, "you're just killing yourself", Kerry told CNN before his trip to Shanghai.

Li Shuo, senior climate adviser for the environmental group Greenpeace, said China could soon respond to a new US pledge with one of its own, building on the "momentum" of the Shanghai talks.

"For a country with 1.4 billion people, these goals are not easily delivered".

But to achieve the global climate goal, Kerry said words must be put into action and urged China to reduce its use of coal.

On whether Xi would join the summit, Le said "the Chinese side is actively studying the matter".

Li Shuo, a policy advisor at Greenpeace East Asia, said the joint statement showed the "unequivocal commitment" of the United States and China in tackling climate change and should "put global climate momentum back on high gear". Bilateral discussions ground to a halt during the administration of Donald Trump, who withdrew from the 2015 Paris agreement after claiming it unfairly punished USA businesses.

According to the U.S. The two countries will continue to discuss "concrete actions in the 2020s to reduce emissions aimed at keeping the Paris Agreement-aligned temperature limit within reach".

Other moves in the near term include boosting "international investment and finance" to support the transition to green energy in developing countries, as well as phasing out production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons, gases used in refrigeration, air conditioners and aerosols.

Transitioning from a carbon peak to carbon neutrality in three decades would be "a tough battle", Xi said.

By all accounts, the world remains far off target from the Paris goals, and a United Nations analysis found that even countries' updated pledges are not almost bold enough to alter the current trajectory of warming.

China-EU relations face new opportunities and various challenges, Xinhua cited Xi as saying, adding that Beijing would create a fair and non-discriminatory environment for foreign companies including French and German firms, and hopes Europe can treat Chinese companies in the same positive way.

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