China's President Xi promises a stronger fight against climate change

Chinese President Xi Jinping promised a major campaign against climate change on Tuesday, telling the UN General Assembly that his country wanted to become climate neutral before 2060, dpa reported. "We aim to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060," Xi said. It was China's first stated target for climate neutrality.

Last week in a virtual meeting, the EU called on China, the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide emissions, to aim for 2050, ideally, or 2060 at the latest. So far, China had only said its emissions would peak around 2030 under the Paris climate agreement. However, many have expected China to cap emissions sooner, and the EU has called on Beijing to do so by 2025.

Climate neutrality means that the use of fuels or human activities have no influence on the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and so do not harm the climate.

Xi promised that China would "scale up its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions" to fulfil the Paris Agreement by "adopting more vigorous measures."

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