Beijing and Washington will tighten their cooperation in actions to stop climate change, said China’s chief climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua. The agreement between the countries provides for, among other things, the reduction of methane emissions. Work is underway on the text of the agreement ending the COP26 summit in Glasgow
Xie Zhenhua said the US and China, the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters, reached agreement on Wednesday on a joint declaration on action to reduce climate change. “Both sides will work together and with other parties to ensure a successful COP26 and help achieve both an ambitious and a balanced goal,” said Xie Zhenhua.
China at COP26
Chinese President Xi Jinping does not personally participate in the United Nations climate stitching. Instead, he delivered a written statement last week, presented in the opening section of the summit, where leaders usually deliver speeches.
He did not make any additional declarations on counteracting climate change. He called on the participating countries to honor their commitments and “strengthen mutual trust and cooperation”.
Xi Jinping promised at the UN General Assembly in September that China would be climate neutral by 2060. However, on Monday the Chinese authorities admitted that the solution announced by the country’s leader Xi Jinping would be “difficult”. China emits the most greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in the world.
COP26 climate conference
The main goal of COP26 is to strengthen the arrangements made in Paris in 2015, when for the first time all countries signed an agreement to fight global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It was then agreed that all parties would “continue their efforts” to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels and keep this rise “well below” 2.0 degrees Celsius.
The British government wants this main goal to be achieved through agreements on four points, summarized under the slogan “coal, cash, cars, trees” – coal, money, cars, trees. So far, an agreement has been reached on stopping deforestation and withdrawing from coal, although the latter has not been signed by the countries that are its largest users, including China, India, USA and Australia.
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