China takes strong actions to achieve carbon neutrality goal
China aims to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. /CFP

China aims to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. /CFP

China has adopted a variety of policies, measures and actions in order to meet its targets in response to climate change, according to a white paper released Wednesday.

The white paper, titled "Responding to Climate Change: China's Policies and Actions," was released by the State Council Information Office.

China has set a goal of peaking carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.

In order to achieve the goals, the country has already begun to implement positive and effective moves.

China is improving overall planning and coordination in response to climate change, establishing a mechanism of breaking down and meeting the targets for responding to climate change, and accelerating work on 1+N policies ("1" stands for the top-level design guidance and "N" refers to policies and measures for various industries and sectors).

The country has formulated and released a top-level design document for peaking carbon emissions and achieving carbon neutrality, and is working on an action plan for peaking carbon emissions before 2030, with implementation plans for fields and sectors such as energy, industry, urban and rural construction, transport, and agriculture and rural areas.

Support plans are being created in areas such as science and technology, fiscal funding, finance, pricing, carbon sinks, energy transition and coordination of pollution reduction and carbon emission reduction, with clearer timetables, roadmaps, and working plans.

The country is shaping policies and actions with clear objectives, reasonable assignment of labor, effective measures, and sound coordination, ensuring that all efforts deliver positive results.

China is also actively exploring a green and low-carbon path to development, one that remains within the limits of resources, energy and the environment, and is protective of our planet.

Besides, the country is tightening control over greenhouse gas emissions by measures such as controlling greenhouse gas emissions in key industries, promoting green and low-carbon development in urban and rural construction, developing a green and low-carbon transportation system, as well as reducing non-carbon dioxide emissions.

China is giving full play to the role of the market in its efforts to achieve the goals. It is carrying out pilot programs on carbon emissions trading, building a national carbon market system, launching the national carbon market and establishing a greenhouse gas voluntary emission reduction program.

In addition, the country is reinforcing its ability to adapt to climate change, and increasing support for addressing climate change by improving the statistical and accounting systems of greenhouse gas emissions, increasing green finance support and strengthening the role of scientific and technological innovation.

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