China and India, two of the world’s largest greenhouse gas pollutants, remain silent on new emission targets at the Global Climate Summit


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  • China and India have not made a concrete pledge to combat climate change at the Global Earth Day Summit.

  • Despite being among the top three greenhouse gas emissions in the world, both countries remained silent on new climate targets.

  • Chinese officials defended the move, saying climate change should not be used as a geopolitical tool.

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Despite being ranked among the world’s top greenhouse gas emitters, China and India refused to promise new climate targets..

Both countries refrained from making concrete commitments to combat climate change. Earth Day Climate Summit, Virtual Conference of 40 World Leaders, Even if Other countries have made pledges to climate change..

While Biden We promised to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. To double the US goal in under the Paris climate agreement – Xi Jinping Jintao of China, reveal as Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India was carried out, the details of the specific goals that can be Chinese take I refrained from doing that.

Xi instead said it would “strictly control” coal-fired power plants, limit coal consumption growth until 2025, and then phase out coal consumption, in accordance with China’s five-year plan. ..

According to China Cable News Outlet CGTNXi added that “priority is given to cooperation on ecological civilization in the Belt and Road Initiative” in order for the country to continue to “benefit” all participating countries.

Xi coined the phrase “ecological civilization” to describe the Chinese version of sustainable development, a low-carbon framework in which humans and nature coexist in harmony. He intends to do this at the same time as the Belt and Road Initiative. This is a large-scale project initiated by China to connect 70 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe via the web of land and sea networks.

“We need to hold hands, not point our fingers at each other. Maintain continuity and don’t easily reverse the course. We need to respect our promises and not return to them. “Xi said.

Meanwhile, Modi, who spoke after Xi, did not offer a new plan for global climate change.Instead, he He emphasized the need for “sustainable development”.

“Today, when we discuss global climate change measures, I would like to leave you with an idea. India’s per capita carbon dioxide emissions are 60% lower than the world average Our lifestyle is still rooted in sustainable traditional practices, “Modi said.

However, Modi is India and the United States Jointly launch an energy and climate partnership Work towards having more options for clean technology and energy efficiency.

Chinese authorities: Climate change should not be used as a geopolitical tool

The· South China Morning Post At a press conference after the summit, Chinese officials reported that they had come to defend Xi, saying that climate change “should not be used as a geopolitical tool.”

“We are in a different development stage than the United States and Europe,” said Xie Zhenhua, China’s climate change envoy.

Mr Xie said China is moving faster towards carbon neutrality than the United States and Europe, despite the “immeasurable difficulties” it faced in the economic restructuring. He added that Beijing and Washington continued to talk about climate change and could be a joint working group on climate change at work.

Climate analysts The Wall Street Journal Activists wanted China to promise a cap on carbon emissions, but said it was unlikely to happen during the Earth Day summit.

“Mr. Xi clearly didn’t want to make a big announcement under US pressure,” said Lauri Mylyvirta, chief analyst at The Wall Street Journal’s Energy and Clean Air Research Center.

China We continue to work on our long-term goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2060. And Reach peak carbon emissions by 2030..But the country is by far the world Top greenhouse gas emittersThis is because CO2 emissions from fossil fuels are almost twice that of the United States and three times that of India.

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