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29 Jul 2009 12:07:08

UN urges China to act as role model on CO2 emissions



UN urges China to act as role model on CO2 emissions
China has been told that it can act as a role model for developing countries across the world by investing in environmentally-friendly growth.

According to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, the east Asian superpower must prioritise the generation of clean and renewable energy over polluting fossil fuels.

Speaking at the Beijing launch of an energy-saving initiative called the Green Lights Project (GLP), Mr Ban urged Chinese leaders to "serve as the vanguard of tomorrow's economy".

He also noted that China's position as the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses makes its involvement in the international community fundamental to the success of the fight against climate change.

"China has an opportunity to blaze a new trail for the world. It has the vision and leadership to create a new clean-energy path to prosperity," Mr Ban told reporters.

"The key is prioritising clean energy, which China has already begun to do, creating new jobs, spurring innovation, and ushering in a new era of global prosperity."

The GLP is a $14 million (£8.6 million) joint initiative between the UN and China that seeks to promote the use of energy-saving lighting solutions while discouraging the production of incandescent lamps.

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