China calls for concrete action not distant targets in last week of Cop26

China calls for concrete action not distant targets in last week of Cop26

Senior Beijing adviser also defends scale, depth and detail of country’s ‘unappreciated’ climate actions

Chinese officials are sceptical of claims that Cop26 commitments will keep global heating below 2C, and want other countries to focus on concrete actions rather than distant targets in the final week of the talks.

They feel that China, the world’s biggest emitter, is doing more than it is given credit for, including plans to peak coal consumption by 2025 and add more new wind and solar power capacity by 2030 than the entire installed electricity system of the US.

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