China raises target for renewable energy ahead of COP26

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China has announced a new environmental plan announcing it will increase the share of non-fossil fuels to 25 percent of total energy consumption by 2030.

The White Paper on Climate Change, published yesterday, states that China has so far committed itself to increasing the share of non-fossil fuels to “about 20 percent”, the Chinese Media Group (CMG) reported.

The White Paper reaffirmed China’s earlier promise to stop increasing greenhouse gas emissions before 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. It is also stated that China will stop financing new thermal power plants abroad.

A few days before the start of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke by phone with French President Emanuel Macron on Tuesday, and one of the topics was climate change.

China’s chief climate envoy, Xi Zhenhua, met with EU green policy chief Frans Timermans yesterday, and President Xi and US special envoy for climate change John Kerry are expected to meet in London ahead of COP26.

COP 26 is considered a key attempt to force the world to come up with concrete plans to keep the temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5 degrees.

China, as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, will play an important role in COP26, in helping the world avoid a catastrophic climate crisis, according to CMG.

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