EU and China reached a historic climate agreement to cut emissions.
Matt Hoye and Holly Yan, November 12, 2014, Mexico.
United States and China reached a climate agreement in which they agree to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases in the next two decades. These two countries are the two largest economies, energy consumers and producers of greenhouse gases and have the responsibility to lead the world toward an effort to combat climate change Under the agreement, the US will reduce its carbon emission levels of 26 to 28% for 2025, compared to those issued in 2005. While China will reach its highest level of emissions in 2030 and thereafter begin to decline, for this year also expects to get 20% of its energy from zero-emission sources carbon. As part of the agreement, China also agreed to produce 800 to 1,000 gigawatts of nuclear, solar, wind and other zero emissions by 2030. The two largest economies in the world together generate about the same amount of toxic emissions of carbon dioxide than the rest of the world.
BEIJING (CNN) – The United States and China reached a historic climate agreement in which both countries agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades. Under the agreement, the US will reduce its carbon emission levels by 26-28% by 2025 compared with launched to 2005. While in China will reach its highest level of emissions in 2030 and also that year xpected to get 20% of its sources of energy zero carbon emissions.
“As the two largest economies, energy consumers and producers of greenhouse gases, we have the responsibility to lead the world toward an effort to combat climate change,” said US President Barack Obama on Wednesday at a joint conference with the President of China, Xi Jinping. The announcement marks the first time that China has agreed to reduce its carbon emissions, according to the White House. Xi called an “energy revolution” that would include broad economic reforms on environmental pollution.
Obama, who attended Beijing for the Forum of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC, for its acronym in English), said he expects the deal will encourage other nations to take action to stop climate change. “We hope to encourage all major economies to be ambitious, to developed and developing countries to work on old divisions so we can reach a strong climate deal next year,” Obama said. Xi said the two countries are committed to working on their goals before the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris next year. As part of the agreement, China also agreed to produce 800 to 1,000 gigawatts of nuclear, solar, wind and other zero emissions by 2030.
Matt Hoye reported from Beijing; Holly Yan reported from Atlanta. Hilary Whiteman, Dana Bash and Katie Hunt contributed to this report.