How ambitious are China's climate targets? Factsheet

Nov 17, 2014 - 3:15pm

What is China doing to meet its climate goals? The factsheet that is downloadable below outlines China's climate target and its ambition, and fact checks statements made in recent days around whether China can meet this target, and how. 

China recognises the significant threat posed by climate change and has committed to reducing its carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 40-45 per cent by 2020 and peak total emissions before 2030. 

When China formalises its post-2020 emission contribution in early 2015, a clearer picture will emerge of the ambition of the new Chinese target. However, a number of recent studies have found that without ongoing and additional action, China’s emissions would not peak before 2040. These studies find that additional measures to promote further restructuring of the Chinese economy, energy efficiency and clean energy investment, and limit coal consumption would be required to peak emissions before 2030. 

China is on target to meet its 2020 targets, but precisely how it will accelerate efforts to meet its longer-term climate goals will be seen in the next Five Year Plan (2016-2020), under development.


Please click on the link below to download the full document. 


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