The United States and China have issued a statement calling for co-operation on climate change, which China’s special envoy to the UN COP26 conference on Wednesday described as “a current problem” but did not change the country’s intentions.
Xie Zhenhua of China said climate change was growing and growing. Working together on the world’s largest and most destructive economy – “could bring greater benefits to our two people”.
The US and China will continue to go beyond COP26 to discuss practical and prudent actions in 2020s to reduce emissions.
“Our two teams agreed on what they agreed to do this afternoon,” he said, in a statement issued before a joint incident with his US counterpart John Kerry.
Kerry said the two countries worked “with confidence and found common ground” with an interest in sharing on COP26.
US President Joe Biden just last week rebuke Chinese and Russian leaders do not attend the UN climate summit in Glasgow.
Kerry said the US and China had their differences but the agreement was “the only way to work”. Climate change was unthinkable and entrenched in science, he said.
The two countries were also discussing a deal between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kerry said.
“We have to think big and be responsible,” Xie said in the past, emphasizing that cooperation in climate change is the only option.
The two countries want to develop their own long-term approach to emissions and carbon neutral.
Kerry said he believed China “could have gone too far” in its production, and hoped it would work hard to advance its ambitions.
China is committed to reaching a peak of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and then declining, with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.
Kerry said the agreement also includes “a steady decline in coal over the next decade as soon as possible.”
Xie said “agreement” was reached on a number of issues related to the Paris climate agreement to reduce temperatures to below 2C and 1.5C from pre-industrial times.
These included national goals, the so-called Paris framework, and seasonal funding from rich countries of developing countries. Both groups will “work together with other groups to ensure that COP26 wins”.
It also seeks to “increase international funding and support for transition from renewable carbon to green, low-carbon and renewable energy sources in developing countries.”
This includes building a global carbon market.
However, China wanted to develop its own national plans methane, strong air conditioning.
The US and the EU promised last week to reduce methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030 from 2020, while China refused to enter into an agreement.
China and the US will also use to reduce the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons.
In clearing the forest, both sides volunteered to “strengthen the targets” of the area.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the agreement, saying “tackling climate change requires international cooperation and cooperation, and this is an important part of the process”.
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