China has reduced its “carbon intensity” by 18.8% over the past five years, in a bid to limit emissions, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld
The decline in “carbon intensity” – the amount of carbon dioxide emissions the country produced per unit of GDP – exceeded the official target of an 18% reduction. During the five-year period, China’s GDP grew to 101.6 trillion yuan ($ 15.71 trillion), from 68.9 trillion yuan in 2015.
For 2020 alone, carbon intensity has decreased by 1% compared to the previous year, according to a statement released on Sunday by the National Bureau of Statistics.
President Xi Jinping is committed to cap carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. To meet the commitments made under the Paris climate agreement, China has increased renewable energy consumption and brake coal burn to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
China will need to improve its energy efficiency and further reduce its use of coal to meet Xi’s target.
A new carbon intensity target is expected to be contained, along with other climate-related targets such as controlling energy consumption, in a five-year plan for 2021-2025 to be presented to the Chinese parliament later this month. -this.
The ministry statement said heavy metals, especially cadmium, were major pollutants endangering the quality of Chinese farmland, while claiming that more than 90% of the total arable land contaminated last year was free. danger to agriculture.
The ministry also warned that water quality deteriorated last year in offshore marine areas near Shanghai and eastern Jiangsu province.