[enviro-vlc] EXCLUSIVE-China report urges greenhouse gas peak in 2030
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EXCLUSIVE-China report urges greenhouse gas peak in 2030
17 Aug 2009 01:53:59 GMT
By Chris Buckley
BEIJING, Aug 17 (Reuters) - China should set firm targets to limit greenhouse
gas emissions so they peak around 2030, a new study by some of the nation's top
climate change policy advisers has proposed ahead of key talks on a new global
The call for "quantified targets" to cap greenhouse gas pollution marks the most
high-level public departure yet from China's official reluctance to specify a
"By 2008 China had become the world's biggest national emitter of greenhouse
gases and faces unprecedented challenges," says the preface of the 900-page
report, abandoning China's general reluctance to say it has passed the United
States as the top emitter of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas from
burning coal, gas and oil.
"As soon as possible, study and draft relative and (then) absolute targets to
cap the total volume of carbon dioxide emissions," says the preface.
The "2050 China Energy and C02 Emissions Report" proposes that, with the right
policies, emissions growth could slow from 2020 and with a peak in output around
If China can achieve these goals, then by 2050 its carbon dioxide emissions from
fossil fuel "could fall to the same emissions levels as in 2005 or even lower",
the report says.
With its fast-rising emissions, China's stance is crucial in efforts to create a
new pact to succeed the current Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of 2012.
Western nations have pressed Beijing to set specific goals on slowing emissions
growth in coming years leading to early cuts in absolute volumes as part of a
new pact that governments hope to seal in Copenhagen by the end of 2009.
(Reporting by Chris Buckley; Editing by Ken Wills)
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