Friday, November 27, 2009

Climate change: China sets a target

Two weeks ago, Brazil became one of the first major non-Annex I nations to set itself a climate change target. Now China is following, committing to reduce the carbon intensity of its economy by 40% to 45% from 2005 levels by 2020.

This is only an intensity target, not a commitment to actually reduce emissions. But it is a first step, and it will underpin efforts to green their economy (something China is already committed to - there's no Denial there, and they realise they have to do this if they are to enjoy a western standard of living without drowning in their own filth). And hopefully it means that when the next round of talks comes round, they'll commit to a solid cap.