There are few weeks better than this one if you’re looking for good news about curbing carbon emissions, which will have a positive effect reversing our current climate change trends. Not only did President Barack Obama introduce historic coal regulations, but now China is also talking about limiting their carbon emissions for the first time ever.
He Jiankun, chairman of China’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change, said in a conference that an absolute cap might be introduced in China within the next couple of years.
“The government will use two ways to control CO2 emissions in the next five-year plan, by intensity and an absolute cap,” said the government advisor.
Later in the day he clarified that the statements were his own opinions and do not represent the Chinese government, but regardless this is a positive sign of change.
If a high-ranking advisor starts to talk about curbing coal emissions in the country that is the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, we think that is progress indeed.
“In the last 24 hours we’ve had two major announcements from China and the US which send a powerful signal to other world leaders ahead of crucial climate talks later this year,” said Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK’s chief scientist, to the Guardian.
“The Chinese government has already set out ambitious plans to cut the country’s reliance on coal – an additional cap on CO2 suggests the country’s leaders are serious about tackling their emission problem.”