February 01st, 2008 | Xinhua China urges practical action to slow climate change
A senior Chinese official said here
Wednesday that all relevant countries should take practical actions to slow
down the climate change process.
Addressing a closed session at the second “Major Economies Meeting on
Energy Security and Climate Change,” which opened here Wednesday, Xie
Zhenhua, vice chairman of China’s National Development and Reform
Commission, said that to discuss about setting a long-term goal for slowing
down climate change requires time.
“What matters most now is to urge all countries in their various
development phases to take practical action in accordance with the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ( UNFCCC) and the Kyoto
The UNFCCC is the parent of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the landmark
environmental treaty negotiated in Japan’s ancient capital that mandates
cuts in the gases blamed for global warming.
While working on a long-term target for slowing down the climate
change, all countries involved should be aware that the formulating process
itself must be scientific, environmentally valid, economically feasible
and fair, he said, adding that historical accumulation, per capital
emissions and the development demand of the developing countries should
also be weighed as well.
He made the remarks in response to greenhouse gases emission reduction
targets proposed by the European Union and some other countries.
The European Union proposed that the global emissions of greenhouse
gases should be cut by 50 percent by 2050 in comparison with that in 1990,
while some other countries proposed that the emissoins should be
deducted by 50 percent than present.
It is hard to reach the target, he stressed.
Xie, who is regarded as the initiator and leader of China’s
environmental protection program, spoke highly of the various measures and
achievements taken and scored by the developing nations in combating climate
China, India and other developing countries have cut more emissions of
greenhouse gases than they pledged in the Tokyo Protocol, he said,
noting some developed nations, however, have discharged more greenhouse
gases than they should have with the total emissions rising by 11 percent
from 1990 to 2004.
Xie, the special envoy of Chinese President Hu Jintao, noted that China
will never discharge greenhouse gases randomly and willfully, but
contribute to the concerted efforts of the world in its fight against
climate change by joining hands with the international community.
He also commended the Bali Roadmap, which was adopted at the 13- day
conference in Bali of Indonesia in December of 2007, staged by the
UNFCCC, a strategy to tackle global warming.
The conference culminated in the adoption of the Bali roadmap, which
charts the course for a new negotiating process to be concluded by 2009
that will ultimately lead to a post-2012 international agreement on
climate change. Ground-breaking decisions were taken which form core
elements of the roadmap.
The two-day meeting in Hawaii is aimed at “developing a detailed
contribution in support of the Bali Roadmap for UN Negotiations,” the
Bush held the first round of the meeting in September 2007 under an
initiative he proposed in June in the face of intensifying international
pressure for Washington to do more to battle greenhouse-gas emissions.