SYDNEY – China is rapidly assuming a global leadership role on climate change alongside the U.S., a new study said Monday, but it warned greenhouse gas emissions worldwide continue to rise strongly.
The report by the independent Australian-based Climate Commission, “The Critical Decade: International Action on Climate Change,” presents an overview of action in the past nine months.
The study found that every major economy had policies in place to tackle the issue, but China was at the forefront in strengthening its response, “taking ambitious strides to add renewable energy to its mix.”
“China is accelerating action,” said Tim Flannery, the coauthor and a key figure at the Climate Commission, which brings together internationally renowned scientists, as well as policy and business leaders.
“China has halved its growth in electricity demand, dramatically increased its renewable energy capacity, and decelerated its emissions growth more quickly than expected,” Flannery said.
The report added that China, which this month agreed to work with the U.S. to tackle global warming, wanted “to position themselves as the world’s renewable energy leader.”