Chinese ambassador urges Europe to tackle climate change

Europe and other developed countries must take “positive action” to meet their climate change goals as geopolitical uncertainty threatens to undermine their efforts, says Climate Change China’s special envoy Xie Zhenhua (Xie Zhenhua) told his German counterpart.

Xie told Jennifer Morgan, Germany’s special representative for international climate policy, in a video conference late Wednesday that global climate governance now faces “multiple challenges and uncertainties.”

“Climate policies in some European countries have shown setbacks and we hope this is only a temporary stopgap measure,” said a meeting summary released by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

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Use of blasting coal

China’s foreign ministry said in a statement earlier this month that its own green and low-carbon development path remains solid as Western countries increase their coal consumption to offset gas supply disruptions brought on by the conflict in Ukraine. said it is. Union. “

Europe says the increased use of coal is only a temporary measure and will not have a long-term impact on the EU’s target of reducing emissions by 55% between 1990 and 2030.

China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, is expected to focus on financing issues at the annual UN Global Climate Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in November.

Schae told senior German officials that “implementation and action” should be the main theme of the conference, with developed countries transferring $100 billion in climate finance to developing countries each year under the Paris Agreement. He said he hopes to fulfill his promise quickly.

China canceled bilateral climate talks with the United States after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan last month, sparking fears that the fight against global warming will be undermined by geopolitical tensions.

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