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Actual green actions speak louder than words

China Daily | Updated: 2023-12-07 08:32

A wind farm generates power for grids in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province. [Photo by YAO FENG/FOR CHINA DAILY]

As of the end of September, China's newly installed wind power capacity ranked first in the world for 14 consecutive years and its cumulative installed capacity ranked first in the world for 13 consecutive years, accounting for more than half of the global market.

At present, nearly half of the world's installed photovoltaic power generation capacity is in China, and more than half of the world's new energy vehicles are driven in China. In the past few decades, one-fourth of the world's new green area came from China.

Through these data, it is not difficult to understand why China's contribution to resolving climate change has attracted the attention of all parties at the ongoing 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Dubai, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

As extreme weather conditions are becoming more and more frequent, and climate change has become a critical challenge, COP28 hopes to identify gaps and urge people to take more effective actions to reduce fossil energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through the first assessment of the implementation of the commitments made under the Paris Agreement.

As the world's largest developing country, China has played a key role in promoting the conclusion and entry into force of the Paris Agreement, and has been making its own efforts to achieve long-term sustainability goals. China has made addressing climate change a national strategy. The country actively develops renewable energy, and promotes the adjustment of industry, energy, and transportation structures.

In 2022, China's carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP dropped by more than 51 percent compared with 2005, and the proportion of nonfossil energy consumption reached 17.5 percent. Over the past decade, China has supported an economic growth of 6.2 percent with an average annual energy consumption growth rate of 3 percent.

At the same time, China actively promotes global climate governance and provides support and assistance to other developing countries through South-South cooperation. As of the end of June this year, China had signed 46 South-South cooperation documents on climate change with 39 developing countries.

China still faces many difficulties and challenges in the process of green transformation and innovation. It has spent decades going through the industrialization process that Western developed countries have gone through for hundreds of years. It will take the shortest time in history to go from its carbon peak to carbon neutrality.


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