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China plans to set an absolute cap on carbon emissions


Source: SMY, 3 June 2014

China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gas, should set a limit on its emissions, one of its leading climate change advisers says, a move that would be a significant boost to the slow-moving international efforts to draw up a global treaty on climate change.

Reuters reported on Tuesday that the deputy director of China's National Expert Committee on Climate Change, He Jiankun, told a conference in Beijing that an absolute cap on emissions would be included in China’s next five-year plan starting in 2016.

"The government will use two ways to control CO2 emissions in the next five-year plan, by intensity and an absolute cap,’’ Professor He was reported to have said.

The story created headlines around the world, with the statement coming hot on the heels of US President Barack Obama's announcement of the most significant American measure to cut emissions to date - a reduction of greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants of 30 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030.

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