China to reduce carbon emissions by 65% by 2030

China aims to cut its carbon emissions by 60% to 65% by 2030 from 2005 levels. The new target is part of a climate change plan the world’s largest greenhouse gas […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

China aims to cut its carbon emissions by 60% to 65% by 2030 from 2005 levels.

The new target is part of a climate change plan the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter has unveiled.

It follows a previous emissions control target to cut 40% to 45% from 2015 levels by 2020.

In 2014, carbon emissions per unit of GDP were more than 33% lower than the levels of 2005, according to the Chinese Government.

The country is submitting its target to the UN and so far 12 countries and the EU have set their emission goals.

China said it could achieve its new goal and is calling on other countries “for faster progress on climate talks” ahead of the COP21 summit in Paris later this year.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said: “China’s carbon dioxide emissions will peak by around 2030 but China will work hard to achieve the target at an even earlier date.”

South Korea announced yesterday its plans to cut emissions by 37% by 2030.

UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd welcome the news: “The momentum is building for a deal in Paris, and Britain will be working with China, South Korea and others to make sure we’re doing all we can to reach our shared goal of avoiding the most dangerous effects of climate change.”