China plans to build more coal-fired power plants and has hinted that it will rethink its timetable to slash emissions, in a significant blow to the UK’s ambitions for securing a global agreement on phasing out coal at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow. In a statement after a meeting of Beijing’s National Energy Commission, the Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, stressed the importance of regular energy supply, after swathes of the country were plunged into darkness by rolling blackouts that hit factories and homes. While China has published plans to reach peak carbon emissions by 2030, the statement hinted that the energy crisis had led the Communist party to rethink the timing of this ambition, with a new “phased timetable and roadmap for peaking carbon emissions”.
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China will accelerate its development of renewable solar and wind energy and will introduce more measures to ensure its carbon emissions peak by 2030 and that it becomes carbon neutral by 2060, President Xi said today. Delivering a speech by video link to a United Nations conference on biodiversity, Xi said that the construction of 100 gigawatts of new wind and solar power projects was already under way, more than the UK’s entire current generating capacity. China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and, with the Cop 26 climate conference opening in Glasgow this month, Beijing is under the pressure from the West to reach carbon neutrality earlier than 2060.
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