British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on the Chinese president to do more to reduce his country’s dependence on coal and to bring forward a target date for CO2 emissions to try to better tackle climate change.
China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, is critical to the success of COP26, but many scientists and climatologists fear the country’s current climate plans are too weak and Johnson wants to persuade Beijing to go further.
Beijing on Thursday submitted an updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the fight against climate change, formally reinforcing a major emissions reduction commitment but offering nothing new ahead of the climate talks. UN COP26 organized by Johnson.
The dossier, published on the website of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), shows that China aims to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2060.
Referring to an earlier conversation on Friday (10/29), Johnson told reporters he raised several points. “First of all about the peak time, they said before 2030 and so I pushed a little bit, that 2025 will be better than 2030, and I wouldn’t say he commits to it,” he said. -he declares.
“The other point where I become an evangelical again is the potential to move away from coal,” he said, adding that he had described how quickly Britain had moved away from coal. .
Johnson is eager to make COP26 a success, but with the United Nations Environment Program saying the world is on track to warm to around 2.7 degrees C with devastating consequences, some critics doubt that the British leader could reach China and other major emitters and keep 1.5 degrees.
The landmark 2015 Paris accord commits signatories to keeping global warming well below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, and preferably 1.5 degrees C.
Using football as a metaphor, Johnson said: “If it was the first half I would say we are down 5-1 and we still have a long way to go.”
“But we can do it. We have the ability to equalize, save positions and come back,” he said. (Straitstimes / OL-12)