Chinese President Xi Jinping called on other countries to “increase cooperation” and take steps to achieve climate goals. However, he did not offer new commitments in the statement presented at the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26) taking place in Glasgow, Scotland.
“Visions will be realized only when we take action. “The parties must meet their commitments, set realistic goals and visions, and do the best they can based on the conditions of their country to deliver results in climate change,” said Mr Xi, who did not is personally participating in the talks. China is the country that emits the most carbon dioxide in the world.
China is facing energy shortages, which caused massive outages for over two-thirds of the country at the end of September. This was one of China’s worst energy crises in a decade. The outages affected factories, creating concerns about disruptions in the global market supply chain. China, meanwhile, has said it has increased production of coal, a fossil fuel source, with the aim of easing the energy crisis.
Analysts say the Chinese leader’s long-awaited statement shows that China cannot abandon fossil fuels without providing the right infrastructure.
Homes may be without heat, and the manufacturing industry could be damaged by the energy crisis, says Jane Nakano, a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the United States.
“I’m a little disappointed that President Xi Jinping did not answer some of the key questions in the minds of many of us,” Nakano said. “I do not know if the energy crisis that China is currently facing could have prevented the Chinese leadership from taking on a broader commitment.”
According to data from the International Energy Agency, based in Paris, while most of the world’s economies had in 2020 a reduction in carbon dioxide levels, from 5 – 10%, China stood out as the only major economy that recorded a growth. A study conducted by Rhodium Group showed that over 27% of global pollution in 2019 came from China./VOA/
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