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27 Nov 2009 09:11:09

China announces emissions target ahead of UN talks

China announces emissions target ahead of UN talks
Prime minister Wen Jiabao has announced China's first firm target to reduce carbon emissions in the country ahead of UN climate discussions in Copenhagen next month.

He announced that China would cut carbon intensity, which measures carbon emissions per unit of GDP, by 40 to 45 percent by 2020, based on 2005 levels.

Mr Jiabao is also expected to attend the UN talks, where a new climate treaty will be attempted between December 7th and December 18th.

The Chinese state council said: "This is a voluntary action taken by the Chinese government based on its own national conditions and is a major contribution to the global effort in tackling climate change."

Officials in Beijing have argued that as China remains a developing country it is difficult to commit to a specific fall in actual carbon emissions.

The carbon intensity target will still see emissions rise along with economic growth, but at a slower rate.



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