Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday that the country will “advance the comprehensive green transition” in its economic and social development and consider reducing carbon emissions a “strategic priority”.
Addressing the Green Growth Partnership 2021 and the Seoul Summit on Global Goals 2030 (P4G) via a video link, Li reiterated China’s pledges to have peak carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.
“As the world’s largest developing country, China has opted for green, low-carbon growth as it strives to modernize by the middle of this century and provide a better life for all of its inhabitants, ”he said.
According to China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025), the country aims to reduce energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) and CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 13.5% and 18% respectively over the next five years.
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Li stressed the importance of promoting green development as the world struggles to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Efforts are needed to intensify international cooperation in the fight against the epidemic and further improve the global health governance system, Li said, stressing the strengthening of policy coordination and ensuring security and stability. of the global industrial chain.
To recover from the epidemic, countries must not go back to the old development path that results in high pollutant emissions, he added.
“Whether or not we go green today could make or break our development in the future,” he said, calling for efforts to seek “win-win outcomes in economic development and conservation of the environment”.
“We need to focus on new opportunities such as new business forms generated by the epidemic, accelerating digital transformation and stimulating new development drivers to achieve high quality development,” he said. he declares.
He also urged the international community to help developing countries make the transition to green and low-carbon growth.
“The international community should maintain the system of multilateral trade rules with the WTO within it, guard against new green trade barriers and oppose unilateralism and trade protectionism,” he said.
P4G is a global initiative to accelerate the response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.