Second Interview by Carbon Brief

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    In September 2021 I was interviewed again by Carbon Brief, which focused on China's energy situation and the upcoming COP26 facing the ongoing US-China tensions. Some of my views were quoted in the article below that was published after COP26. 

    Period16 Dec 2021

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    • TitleQ&A: What does China’s new Paris Agreement pledge mean for climate change?
      Degree of recognitionInternational
      Media name/outletCarbon Brief
      Media typeWeb
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      DescriptionTwo days prior to the start of COP26 last month, China submitted its updated 2030 climate pledge and a new long-term climate strategy (LTS) to the UN.

      The submission means China has now officially confirmed that its commitment to tackle climate change under the terms of the Paris Agreement will see it peak its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions before 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions before 2060.

      Notably, major targets in the revised 2030 pledge (known as a nationally determined contribution, NDC) stay intact from the announcements made by China’s leader Xi Jinping in December 2020. But it did not specify the long-anticipated peaking date, the level at which the country’s emissions would peak, or how long they would plateau before starting to drop.

      There was widespread international disappointment in reaction to the two documents, given they did not raise China’s headline climate ambition. However, various China experts interviewed by Carbon Brief believe that the combination of targets in the documents, if fully implemented, could still lead to a lower peak in emissions being reached earlier than the officially stated goal of “before 2030”.
      Producer/AuthorMultiple Authors
      PersonsJanet Liao