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China actively mobilizes all sectors to fight climate change, achieve carbon neutrality goal

2021/9/8 12:06:28   source:Global Times

China is drawing together major sectors such as energy, industry and transport to achieve its major targets in fighting climate change, including realizing a carbon emissions peak in 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.

China's top climate advisor, Xie Zhenhua, who has been appointed as China's special envoy on climate change, disclosed on Tuesday that China will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the development of energy, industry, transportation, construction and other fields, from the perspective of achieving carbon neutrality.

He said that China will extensively promote big data and internet applications, continue to promote digital low-carbon development pilots, and gradually expand environmental programs around the country.

China held its first digital carbon neutrality forum in Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan Province on Tuesday. With the theme of "Digital Assistance, Green Development," the forum aims to explore how to effectively use digital means to help achieve China's climate goals.

In a fresh move to honor its carbon promises, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on Tuesday elaborated on the launch of a green power trading trial program across the country, in which emerging technologies such as blockchain will be used for a new electricity system based primarily on new energy.

The NDRC stated in an article published on its official website on Tuesday that conditions in China are sufficient for establishing a green power exchange market. The NDRC suggested in the article that many enterprises and local governments are willing to participate in the exchange market.

During the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), which concluded on Tuesday, carbon neutral green technological services were among the highlights. A raft of low-carbon technologies, clean energy applications, energy storage technologies and carbon market services were on display at the trade show.

As the world's second-largest economy and the major driver of the world's post-COVID economic recovery, China has long been firmly promoting global cooperation on tackling climate challenges.

China has also expressed its willingness to work with the international community, including the US, to strengthen cooperation to address climate change and work for the full and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement. 

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