US and China have agreed on measures to tackle climate change
The US and China have agreed on measures to address climate change. They have set out a joint statement outlining their intent to enhance policy measures and cooperation in various areas related to climate action. However, they have not explicitly committed to ending the use of fossil fuels.
The joint statement, issued after a meeting between US climate envoy John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, highlights both countries’ commitment to the Paris Agreement and their determination to strengthen actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The biggest carbon emitters, including the US, China, and Europe, will cooperate to reduce methane emissions and support renewable energy. This aligns with limiting global warming and achieving net-zero emissions. They will share technologies and policies to transition to a sustainable future.
But the document is silent on the use of coal, and the future of fossil energy. it was a positive sign ahead of a UN climate summit.
The US and China jointly reaffirm their commitment to tackle the climate crisis, support the Paris Agreement, and outline measures to reduce emissions and expand renewable energy sources. The declaration also addresses biodiversity loss, financial assistance to developing nations, and cooperation.
For over a year US diplomats have been trying to find a way forward with China after Beijing suspended climate talks after the visit of US Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.
During their three days of negotiations, US climate envoy John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua, focused on addressing climate change. After their discussions, both parties agreed on a joint position.
Two countries’ leaders discussed and confirmed their commitment to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy. They acknowledged the significance of investing in solar, wind, and hydropower and vowed to aid developing nations in meeting their renewable energy goals.