“We will advance in the initiatives in a well-planned and staged manner, in line with the principle of building the new before discarding the old,” the Chinese leader said.
The president of China, Xi Jinping, has announced that his country will work prudently and gradually to reduce CO2 emissions and achieve carbon neutrality, local media report.
“Based on China’s reserve of energy and resources, we will advance initiatives to achieve peak carbon emissions in a well-planned and staged manner, in line with the principle of building the new before discarding the old,” Xi said during his opening remarks. at the XX Congress of the Communist Party.
With these statements, the president implied that the Asian giant will not stop burning fossil fuels until it is sure that clean energy can reliably replace them .
According to the president, China —which will actively participate in the global response against climate change— will use coal in a cleaner and more efficient way, and will accelerate planning and the development of new energy sources.
“We will carry out coordinated industrial restructuring, pollution control, ecological conservation […] and promote concerted efforts to cut carbon emissions, reduce pollution, expand green development and pursue economic growth” , declared Xi.
Furthermore, the president said that the adaptation and protection of nature are essential to turn the country into a socialist state to modern. In that context, he called for a holistic and systematic approach to conserving mountains, water, forests, farmlands, grasslands and deserts in accordance with China’s sustainable development plan.