“We need to talk to China,” the European climate chief said before COP26

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LONDON – The EU climate chief told CNBC on Tuesday before the COP26 climate summit in November that international leaders need to talk to China and persuade the country to take concrete measures to achieve decarbonization.

China announced earlier this month that it would stop building new coal-fired power generation projects overseas.The country also stated that its goal is to become Achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 and peak emissions by 2030However, European officials hope that these ambitions will be self-evident and take concrete actions immediately.

“We need to pay attention to emissions. Europe accounts for about 8% of global emissions-we are making very, very serious commitments, and we are going very far. The United States has re-engaged and they are responsible for it, I think , For about 16% of emissions, but we need to talk to China, and they are responsible for about 28% of global emissions,” Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission’s European Green Agreement, told CNBC Steve Sedgwick.

“We need to persuade them to reach the peak before 2030, and much earlier, we need to persuade them to propose an economic decarbonization plan,” Timmermans said.

He responded to the views of Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union.

“The goals set by President Xi for China are encouraging. But we call for the same leadership in determining how China will achieve its goals. If they show that they can reach their peak emissions and get rid of domestic and foreign coal in the middle of the decade, “Von der Lein told European lawmakers earlier this month.

So far, the EU has put forward a most concrete plan on how it intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In a broad package called “Fit 55”, the committee outlined earlier this summer how the 27 EU member states can reduce emissions by at least 55% by the end of the decade.

The package has not yet been approved by the European Parliament and governments, but it clarifies the goals of Brussels’ climate policy. But the EU recognizes that without international cooperation, its efforts will be futile.

Timmermans pointed out that without China’s participation in the last major global climate conference in Paris in 2015, the landmark agreement at that time would not have been reached.

“We need them again in Glasgow. I hope we can convince them to be bold,” he said.

There are questions about the success of the upcoming COP26 meeting. This is the first such gathering after the coronavirus pandemic, and many governments are still struggling to cope with the economic costs of lockdowns and social restrictions.

Italy’s Minister of Ecological Transformation, Roberto Cingolani (Roberto Cingolani) hopes that rich countries will announce that they are increasing their donations to support other countries in financing the carbon transition.

“This is the right approach, and the next few weeks will be crucial. I hope we can land on COP26 with good news at the end of October. We are all working in this direction,” Cingolani told CNBC’s Steve on Tuesday Sedgwick.

He added that the world has not done enough on the issue of climate change, and now is the time to listen to activists Greta Thunberg and others.

“We have to deal with this push correctly. So far, we have not done enough. We can do more,” he said.

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