Reduce CO2 by up to 40%, China urges

China called on rich nations to sign up to carbon-emission cuts of 25 to 40% by 2020, Reuters reported, citing an official with China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). The official, Li Liyan, also said that China, the world’s top greenhouse-gas emitter, wanted to commit to emissions reductions in some industries but had not yet worked out how to do so.

“The success of Copenhagen needs strengthened and deeper cuts and more aggressive targets from developed countries,” said Li, deputy head of the Climate Change Office of the NDRC, China’s chief economic planning agency. Representatives of some 200 nations are to meet in the Danish capital in December to hammer out a broader climate accord to replace the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. 

Developing nations want rich countries to sign up to deeper emissions cuts than under Kyoto. They also seek pledges of greater funding to help poorer nations adapt to climate change and pay for clean-energy technology to help them move to lower-carbon economies.

Li said China was committed to a “sectoral approach” to any reform of the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism, meaning one aimed at reducing planet-warming emissions through the involvement of entire industries. Asked by Reuters if that meant China would commit to specific reduction targets from certain industries, she said “we want to; we just don’t know how to do it yet”.

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