Chinese President Xi Jinping announced incremental increases to the world’s biggest emitter’s climate goals at a global summit where he was expected to build on his ambitious pledge to be carbon neutral by 2060.
Xi said China would seek to cut emissions per unit of gross domestic product by “more than” 65% from 2005 levels by 2030, raising the target slightly from its previous goal of cutting pollution by 60% to 65%. China will seek to make non-fossil fuels about 25% of its primary energy mix by the end of the decade.
The promises were at the weakest end of forecasts by climate experts and raise questions about how serious China is about realizing its pledge to be carbon neutral. No country can do more to prevent the catastrophic effects of climate change, and experts have expressed concerns about the lack of shorter term details in China’s 2060 proposal.
“This is an incremental step towards the right direction, but more needs to be done to align near term action and China’s carbon free vision,” said Li Shuo, a climate analyst at Greenpeace East Asia.