China will not enact carbon emissions cap

Contrary to media reports from May 2013, China‘s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has no plan to introduce a cap on carbon dioxide pollution.

Several reports had it that China was looking into appropriate targets for an emissions cap for its 13th five-year plan (2016 to 2020). China’s head climate negotiator and director of the NDRC’s climate change department dismissed these reports, according to

China does plan to stick to its current agreements to reduce carbon intensity, which is a measurement of carbon dioxide emissions in comparison with economic productivity. The country wants to reduce carbon intensity by about 40 percent of 2005 levels by 2020.

China is the world’s single largest contributor to carbon dioxide pollution, accounting for roughly a quarter of global carbon emissions.

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