China urges Europe to take positive action against climate change

China’s chief climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua smiles while attending a panel discussion at the 2022 World Economic Forum (WEF) in the alpine resort of Davos, Switzerland May 24, 2022. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/Files

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SHANGHAI, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Europe and other developed countries must take “positive action” to implement climate change goals as geopolitical uncertainties threaten to undermine their efforts, the envoy said. China for the climate to his German counterpart.

Xie Zhenhua, who leads China’s climate talks, told German climate envoy Jennifer Morgan via video link on Wednesday evening that global climate governance currently faces “multiple challenges and uncertainties”.

“The climate policies of some European countries have shown a ‘rollback’, and it is hoped that this is only a temporary palliative,” he said, according to a summary of the meeting published by the Chinese Ministry of the Environment.

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As Western countries increase coal consumption to offset gas supply disruptions caused by the conflict in Ukraine, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement this month that its own green development path and low-carbon remained firm – “unlike the European Union”.

Europe has insisted that increasing the use of coal is only a temporary measure that will have no long-term impact on the EU’s goal of reducing emissions by 55% between 1990 and 2030.

China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, is expected to focus on the issue of finance at this year’s global climate talks, known as COP27, which will take place in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt in November. .

Xie told Morgan that “implementation and action” should be the main focus of the meeting, and said he hoped industrialized countries would quickly meet their commitment under the Paris Agreement of transfer $100 billion a year in climate funds to developing countries.

After US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August, China canceled bilateral climate talks with the United States, raising fears that the fight against global warming could be undermined by tensions. geopolitics.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday that all parties should create a “good political atmosphere” ahead of COP27 and “let go of unilateralism, geopolitical games and green barriers.” “, according to a statement published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by Kim Coghill

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