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'China will achieve its climate action target by 2030'

PTI 07 Apr 2016, 10:40:43 IST
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New Delhi: China will achieve its action target set at the Paris climate agreement summit by 2030, a top Chinese official spearheading the Climate Change Affairs said here today.

Xia Zenhua, Chinese Special Representatives on Climate Change Affairs, said "Its difficult to implement the Paris agreement and China has made determined contributions. By 2030, we reduce our carbon emissions by 60-65 per cent and increase the forest cover by 22 per cent."

In order to meet the target of low level of carbon emissions, China is looking at policy changes and adopting a "low cost carbon emission model", he said during a seminar on 'China's Economic Situation, Climate Change Policy and Foreign Policy' organised by the Chinese Embassy and the Delhi University.

He also said China and India are "great partners" in combating climate change and the two countries succeeded in negotiations at the Paris Cop 21 agreement.

The Paris agreement is now open for signing. The exercise would take place this month at the UN.

"The requirement is that 50 parties/ countries sign the agreement and the total emissions of these countries should also account overall 55 per cent of total global emissions," Xia said.

China has agreed to establish South collaboration fund on Climate Change and provide assistance to combat climate change, he said, adding the country has provided training to more than 2,000 experts from over 100 countries.