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China refuses binding caps but pledges higher solar, wind power targets

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Chinese leaders this week highlighted praise for green policies from visiting US climate change envoy Todd Stern while upping the ante on solar and wind power by pledging to reach the European target for 2020 in solar and wind power. Following Stern’s four-day visit during which the two countries discussed cuts on greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang announced it would be impossible for China as a developing country to accept any “binding or compulsory target”. The government has pledged, however, to ensure constructive negotiations in December climate policy talks in Copenhagen. Earlier in the week Zhang Xiaoqiang, vice-chairman of China’s national development and reform commission, told The Guardian that Beijing would be capable of surpassing previous targets for wind and solar power, hitting a 20 percent renewable target. The Chinese government has also promised to allocate US $30 billion for low carbon energy projects.

China launches green power revolution to catch up with the west, The Guardian

US envoy speaks highly of China’s measures to contain green house gases, Xinhua News Agency

China says no to greenhouse gas cuts, Agence France-Presse


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