New Chinese 'commitments' to tackle spiralling emissions: EU

September 20, 2012
China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao (C) sits with China's Minister of Commerce Chen Deming (2ndR) and Zhou Xiaochuan (R) the Governor of the People's Bank of China during the EU-CHINA Summit in Brussels. China has made a "commitment" to tackle spiralling greenhouse gas emissions in return for EU financial aid and expertise, the European Union announced.

China has made a "commitment" to tackle spiralling greenhouse gas emissions in return for EU financial aid and expertise, the European Union announced Thursday.

One of the measures mentioned included a polluting permits trading market in Beijing.

European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs welcomed the development in a statement released after a summit between European Union leaders and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

"We commend China's commitments and we'll support their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas ; to make cities cleaner and to better manage water, waste and heavy ," he said.

Piebalgs and Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming signed a deal for aid worth 25 million euros ($32 million).

It is intended to help China "in the long run contribute towards achieving a global reduction of greenhouse ," the statement said.

The money will be used over four years for three projects including the "design and implementation of Emissions Trading Systems in China," along the lines of the carbon-emissions permits market operated in Europe.

It was this system that raised the ire of Chinese and other international airlines when aviation was brought into the EU system earlier this year.

EU experts will help in "designing and implementing successful emissions trading pilot programmes that lead over time to effective, nation-wide action," the Commission said.

While the sums and deadlines involved suggest , the cooperation agreement is designed to help ensure China met "its environmental, energy- and carbon-intensity targets," the statement added.

A report earlier this year by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre showed that China's (CO2) emissions had soared in 2011. That put it level with Europe on a per-capita basis.

Last year, China's rose 9.0 percent to the equivalent of 7.2 tonnes of the gas for each resident, compared with 7.5 tonnes in the 27-member EU and 17.3 tonnes in the United States.

"It makes a significant difference when now also China wants to use carbon markets to reduce emissions cost-effectively and boost low-carbon technologies," added EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard.

"This is a huge opportunity to modernise our economies, stimulate growth and create jobs in new dynamic industries with innovative technologies and clean energy," she added.

are a sensitive issue with major developing nations such as China and India arguing that it is the developed world which should do most to curb them since they had got a free ride as they industrialised.

To impose limits on them puts them at a disadvantage as they seek the same economic progress long enjoyed by developed countries, they say, arguing that their total emissions may be high, but on a per capita basis they are low.

Explore further: China produces as much CO2 per person as Europe: report

Related Stories

China produces as much CO2 per person as Europe: report

July 18, 2012

China's carbon dioxide (CO2) levels soared in 2011, putting its per capita emissions on a par for the first time with those of Europe, while global levels of the greenhouse gas hit another all-time high, a report released ...

Airlines decry EU carbon emissions scheme

September 27, 2011

Airlines denounced on Tuesday an EU plan to charge them for carbon emissions, warning it would cost the industry 17.5 billion euros ($23.8 billion) over eight years.

India says EU tax a 'deal breaker' for climate talks

April 11, 2012

India's environment minister said Wednesday that a European Union scheme to tax airlines for carbon emissions was "a deal breaker" ahead of global climate change talks, a warning rejected by the EU.

Climate: EU emissions down 2.5 percent in 2011

September 7, 2012

European greenhouse gas emissions fell by 2.5 percent in 2011 over 2010, as a mild winter and increase in renewable energy use offset a rise in coal consumption and economic activity, estimates released on Friday said.

EU backs climate change measures

March 5, 2008

The European Union has voted to support climate change proposals to cut emissions and increase energy efficiency.

Recommended for you

Jet stream changes since 1960s linked to more extreme weather

January 12, 2018

Increased fluctuations in the path of the North Atlantic jet stream since the 1960s coincide with more extreme weather events in Europe such as heat waves, droughts, wildfires and flooding, reports a University of Arizona-led ...

Global warming will expose millions more to floods

January 11, 2018

Global warming is expected to unleash more rain, exposing millions more people to river flooding particularly in the United States and parts of Asia, Africa and central Europe, researchers said Wednesday.

Maps that show travel times to cities all across the globe

January 11, 2018

An international team of researchers, including a representative from Google, has created a color-coded map of the planet that shows travel times to cities from other places. In their paper published in the journal Nature, ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

not rated yet Sep 22, 2012

So they are going to use a flawed system? It's been a joke or rampant fraud in the EU and can only be worse in China.

Far better is just tax the emissions to pay for their polution.

Within 15 yrs China will fall apart due to internal strife making this useless.

One reason why is China has little coal left and what it has is about the worst quality on the planet. Now add aging population problems and it just can't sustain itself for much longer.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.