Chinese envoy shares country's progress toward carbon peaking, neutrality

China has made remarkable progress toward its goals of reaching peak carbon emissions and carbon neutralization, China's Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua said Sunday.

Wind turbine generators at Taji Town, Jinhu County, Huaian City, east China's Jiangsu Province, October 18, 2022. /CFP

He made the remarks at a side event themed "Green Life, Joint Efforts and Shared Benefits – Advocating Public Participation in Taking Green Actions" in China's pavilion at the venue of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Xie said China has actively implemented the Paris Agreement, and further enhanced its nationally determined contribution, aiming to reach carbon peak and achieve carbon neutralization in a strong, orderly and effective manner.

"China has made great progress in this regard," Xie said.

According to preliminary calculations, the amount of carbon dioxide emissions China produced per unit of GDP in 2021 was 3.8 percent lower than that in 2020 and 50.8 percent lower than in 2005, he said.

The Chinese envoy said China has been actively creating a green and low-carbon atmosphere for years, encouraging the people to participate in carbon emissions reduction and exploring to establish a pluralistic mechanism of social participation.

He said that China has also integrated ecological civilization into its national education system and strengthened ecological education in schools.

"Public participation is an important driving force for green and low-carbon development and a key indicator for the modernization of the environmental governability and governance system in a country," Xie said.

Under the principles of openness and transparency, broad participation, consensus and party-driven, China will work with all parties to promote the success of COP27 and contribute China's wisdom and strength to building a fair, reasonable and win-win global climate governance system, he added.

At the side event, representatives from China's enterprises, scientific research institutions and social organizations, such as Tsinghua University and All-China Environment Federation, jointly discussed cases, challenges and recommendations for public participation in low-carbon action.

Starting on Sunday, the COP27 will last till November 18 in the coastal city of Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt.