Beijing unveils carbon target  

BANGKOK POST  / 27 Ȩԡ¹ 2552

          BEIJING:China has unveiled its first firm target to curb greenhouse gas emissions, laying out a "carbon intensity goal" yesterday that Premier Wen Jiabao will take to key climate talks in Copenhagen next month.
          China, the world's top emitter of greenhouse gases from human activity, pledged to cut the amount of carbon dioxide emitted for each unit of GDP by 40% to 45% by 2020, compared with 2005 levels,the official Xinhua agency quoted the State Council, China's cabinet, as saying.
          "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," Xinhua said.
          The target was in line with what experts expected. A firm emissions commitment from China will likely boost efforts to reach a deal at the UN-led talks in Denmark next month.
          Negotiations have stalled as rich and poor nations argue over who should cut emissions, by how much, and who should pay. But Beijing is already almost halfway to meeting the carbon intensity goal already after five years of an energy efficiency drive that has helped rein in emissions growth, so critics may counter that it is not ambitious enough.
          China's target has one firm advantage over any proffered by the US - its negotiating team do not have to take their deal back to a fractious government as the Communist Party will be offering up a plan of action it has agreed on.
          As a developing country, China is not obliged by any current treaties to accept binding caps on its emissions, and it and other poor countries have said that principle should not change in any new deal that emerges from the Copenhagen conference.REUTERS
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          A local resident washes vegetables at a dried-out pond that is partially filled by new rainfall on the outskirts of Yingtan, Jiangxi province, China, yesterday.REUTERS


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