Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed Tuesday that the world’s largest greenhouse gas polluter will peak emissions in 2030 and go carbon neutral by 2060, in what climate activists hailed as a major step forward.
The goals were the most concrete yet announced by China, which accounts for one quarter of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions blamed for fast-rising temperatures.
Speaking to the UN General Assembly, Xi renewed his support for the Paris climate accord and called for a green focus as the world recovers from the Covid-19 crisis.
“We aim to have C02 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060,” he said.
Xi urged all nations to “seize the historic opportunities presented by the new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation.”