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Low-Carbon Development

By:The Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies

Low-Carbon Development

Low-carbon development is a model of sustainable growth featuring low energy consumption, low pollution and low emissions. Pursuing low-carbon development means starting an energy revolution, improving the structure of energy production and consumption, adopting policies that prioritize energy conservation, developing new and renewable energy, building a system for energy that is clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient, and continuing to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

Since 2012, China has emphasized both current and long-term needs, advanced efforts to both mitigate and adapt to climate change, and explored a path of low-carbon development while also improving its capability to address climate change as a responsible major country.

It has endeavored to control emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride, and other greenhouse gases in the fields of energy, industry, agriculture and animal husbandry, improve the energy mix, promote conservation and efficient use of energy, and increase the carbon sink capacity of forests, grasslands, wetlands and the sea.

It has increased its capacity to adapt to climate change, especially extreme weathers. Through reinforced monitoring, early warning and prevention, the defenses against climate change have been raised in agriculture, forestry, water resources and other key fields and ecologically vulnerable regions.

It has carried out pilot projects of low-carbon development in designated provinces, autonomous regions, cities and towns, industrial parks and communities, with the goal of building a low-carbon society.

It has participated in international talks on climate change in accordance with the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities, equity, and respective capabilities of all countries, and played a constructive role in promoting a fair, rational global framework to address climate change.

The 14th Five-year Plan period (2021-2025) is a key period for China to build an eco-civilization centering on carbon reduction. During this five-year period, efforts will be redoubled to reduce pollution and carbon dioxide emissions along with comprehensive transformation toward green economic and social development, so as to bring about qualitative improvement of the eco-environment through quantitative changes.

China is committed to eco-environmental conservation and green, low-carbon and high-quality development. It will strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. These are strategic decisions made by the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping at the core, and also serious commitments made by China to the rest of the world.





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