Chinese President Xi Jinping in his speech at the UN General Assembly said that China will achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, according to the BBC.
Xi Jinping stressed that China will strengthen its commitments under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. He also called on countries to “achieve a green global economic recovery in the post-era era.” China is, on par with the United States, the world’s largest carbon producer.
We will pass the peak of carbon dioxide emissions until 2030. Then the amount of pollution will invariably decrease, and by 2060 we will come to neutrality. We call on all countries for a green recovery of the global economy in the post-COVID-19 era. The coronavirus reminds us that humankind must make a green revolution and move faster in order to preserve the environment and make the Earth a better place for everyone. Humanity can no longer afford to ignore nature’s repeated warnings.
Xi Jinping, President of the PRC
The statement by the Chinese leader came after the speech of US President Donald Trump, who accused China of unwillingness to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and “rampant pollution of the environment”.
Earlier, China announced that it was preparing to launch a large-scale project to combat climate change. The five-year decarbonization plan will be presented to the UN at the end of 2020. The country also planned to peak emissions by 2030.