By RTCC staff
China will launch a carbon trading mechanism, embark on a public information drive and pursue commitments from developed countries at COP17 as it looks to combat climate change, according to a white paper released by the Chinese government today.
The report lists 11 key actions for the countryâ€™s mitigation and adaptation plans, in line with its most recent Five-Year Plan and its achievements so far.
The paper has been released â€śto enable the international community to fully understand China’s policies and actions for addressing climate change, and the positive results achievedâ€ť it states.
â€śWe hope the nations of the world will translate their political willingness into concrete action,â€ť said head Chinese climate change negotiator Xie Zhenhua, speaking at the launch of the report.
As part of its strategy the paper states that China will draw â€śon the experience of the international carbon emissions trading market while taking into consideration its actual conditions, gradually promote the establishment of a carbon emissions trading marketâ€¦so as to give full play to the fundamental role of the market mechanism in optimizing the allocation of resources, and realize the objective of controlling greenhouse gas emission at minimum costâ€ť.
The white paper lists previous climate change propaganda films including Facing Climate Change and Same Hot, Same Cool, the World Over, and declares the intention to continue in this vein.
â€ś[China] will also extensively publicize knowledge necessary to respond to climate change and advocate low-carbon consumption through the mass media,â€ť it says.
The paper also re-iterates the countryâ€™s commitment to reducing its energy intensity and calls for further commitments from developed nations â€“ inside and outside the Kyoto Protocol â€“ on emissions reductions ahead of the COP17 talks in Durban.
â€śChina will continue to strengthen dialogues and exchanges with developed countries, initiate South-South cooperation on climate changeâ€¦and provide practical support to other developing countries in coping with climate change.â€ť
Writing exclusively for RTCC, Ajay Gambhir of Imperial College London’s Grantham Institute for Climate Change, explores China’s negotiating position going into COP17.
Chinaâ€™s 11 point action plan on climate change
-Strengthen legal system to address climate change
-Accelerate economic restructuring towards less energy intensive industries
-Shake-up energy mix with clean coal, natural gas and renewables
-Continue work on energy conservation
-Invest in R&D and make relevant policy changes to enable â€ścircular economyâ€ť
-Organise local level low carbon development
-Establish carbon trading market
-Enhance carbon sinks trough reforestation and by tackling desertification
-Enhance adaptation capacity particularly in â€śeco-fragileâ€ť areas
-Strengthen capacity building and improve GHG monitoring and statistical analysis of renewable energy, educate public and promote low-carbon initiatives through mass media
-Continue international cooperation with developed countries and through South-South cooperation