While the document details new measures on how the world’s biggest polluter will be decarbonised, the country is not updating its pledge to reduce emissions.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has not left China since the pandemic began and is unlikely to attend COP26 in person. The government is yet to announce the details of its delegation to the summit.
China will gradually phase out its fossil fuel consumption, according to new guidelines published in state news agency Xinhua. By 2030, China said the proportion of energy coming from non-fossil fuel sources would reach 25%. Thirty years later, China aims to get 80% of its total energy use from non-fossil fuels, according to Xinhua news agency.
By 2030, China said its CO2 emissions per unit of GDP would be 65% lower than 2005 levels.
China is already a world leader in renewable energy production, but it will need to increase its capacity in wind and solar to meet its climate goals. China aims to bring its total installed capacity of wind and solar power to more than 1,200 gigawatts by 2030, Xinhua news agency said.
Earlier, China pledged that renewable energy would make up 25% of its installed electricity capacity and wind and solar would account for 16.5% of China’s energy by 2025.
To achieve its climate goals, China will undertake “intensive industrial restructuring to accelerate the development of a clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient energy system” and accelerate “the construction of a low-carbon transportation system”. to Xinhua.
China, however, said it must ensure food and energy security as it decarbonises. Beijing earlier this year prompted coal mines to cut production as the country pursues its ambitious targets to cut carbon emissions. But demand grew for projects that require fossil fuels, and they don’t have enough power to go through.
It said China must “respond to the economic, financial and social risks that may accompany the green and low-carbon transition” and “stop over-reaction and ensure safe carbon reductions.”
– CNN’s Yong Xiong, Laura He and Philip Wang contributed to this report.