On 22nd September 2020 Chinese president Xi Jinping announced that China plans "to have CO
2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060". Scenarios and policy recommendations for meeting the goal, published separately by two leading – and highly influential – Chinese climate research institutes.
Both scenarios come close to phasing out fossil fuels, with more than 85% of all energy and more than 90% of electricity coming from non-fossil sources – renewables and nuclear – by 2050.
Footnotes and references
- Climate change: China aims for 'carbon neutrality by 2060' Matt McGrath; BBC; 22 Sept 2020
- Influential academics reveal how China can achieve its ‘carbon neutrality’ goal Lauri Myllyvirta; Carbon Brief; 14 Oct 2020