Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has made a major policy announcement, and it’s very possibly the most bullish announcement China’s Communist Party has made in a while. On Saturday, Li told a conference on sustainable development that the country would achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40-45 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, while also providing substantial growth in renewable energy. But the real fireworks were in the words that came next:
Using proper targets and enforcement mechanisms, a high-level advisory group has proposed that China’s per capita consumption of fossil fuels should be reduced to less than 20 tonnes by 2060, Li said. “Cutting carbon emissions and consumption is no longer the same,” he said.
Li said the “biological imperative” — that we must “never consume more than we need” — was at the center of his government’s efforts to reduce emissions. According to Chinese government statistics, per capita consumption of fossil fuels in the U.S. is currently 11.3 tonnes a year, while it is 8.8 tonnes in France and 13.5 tonnes in the UK.
But China is also intent on reducing carbon emissions globally, as it plans to account for some 28 percent of global emissions by 2030, and has reportedly pledged to be an “irresponsible” contributor by 2050.
China has also pledged that its emissions will be reduced by 45 percent in just under 20 years.
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