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China beats annual target for cutting carbon emissions in 2018

Xinhua | Published: November 27, 2019 16:08:51 | Updated: November 28, 2019 18:46:36


China's carbon emissions per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) were down by about 4.0 per cent in 2018, beating the annual target by 0.1 percentage points, an official said Wednesday.

By 2018, China had slashed carbon intensity, or the amount of carbon emissions per unit of GDP, by 45.8 per cent from 2005 levels, meeting the target of a 40 to 45 per cent decrease by 2020 ahead of schedule, Zhao Yingmin, vice-minister of ecology and environment, told a press conference.

The figure can be translated to 5.26 billion fewer tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted since 2005.

The share of non-fossil fuels in China's primary energy consumption stood at 14.3 per cent at the end of last year, Zhao said.

Power generated from renewable energy sources accounted for 26.7 per cent of total power output in 2018, according to Zhao.

"Tasked with missions like improving the people's livelihood and eradicating poverty, we will remain committed to addressing climate change and deliver on our promises 100 per cent," said Zhao.

China will staunchly uphold multilateralism in implementing the Paris Agreement, said Zhao, making the remarks before the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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