Paul Lachine

China in Action on Climate Change

The world must understand that China’s national circumstances, particularly the continued prevalence of dire poverty, demand that it keep developing quickly. But the world also should be certain of this: China will, within its capacities, continue to make active efforts to mitigate climate change.

Beijing – Climate change is a serious challenge to humanity and sustainable development, which requires both proactive responses and concerted effort by the international community.

China attaches great importance to tackling climate change. In 2007, it established the National Leading Group on Climate Change (NLGCC), headed by Premier Wen Jiabao. That same year, China issued its National Climate Change Program , the first ever by a developing country.

In its National Climate Change Program , China set an objective to lower its energy consumption per unit of GDP by 20% or so of 2005 level by 2010 and in its Mid- and Long-Term Plan for the Development of Renewable Energy , China also sets an objective of increasing the proportion of renewable energy in the primary energy mix to 10% by 2010, and to 15% by 2020.

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