(Yicai Global) Nov. 26 -- China will resolutely address climate change as part of its contribution to the Paris Agreement, regardless of other nations' efforts, according to a senior envoy.
"The country will deliver its promises 100 percent and even better; no matter how other countries change their position or attitude," China's Special Representative on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua said at a press briefing today.
China already lowered its carbon intensity -- its carbon emissions divided by gross domestic product -- by 46 percent from 2005 through 2017, Xie said, adding that it originally committed to reducing the figure by 40 to 45 percent by 2020. He also pointed out that it had increased its forest reserves by 2.1 billion cubic meters, 800 million more than its 2020 goal.
Its third earlier vow was to have renewable energy make up 15 percent of primary consumption by 2020. The current figure is 13.8 percent, Xie added.
China will continue its efforts in the sector to not only deal with climate change, but to promote high-quality development of the Chinese economy and society, he continued, saying other countries should not doubt its work in the field.
The country's National People's Congress, its legislature, ratified China's accession to the Paris Agreement in September 2016 -- making it the 25th party to do so. The agreement is a pledge by most of the world's countries to limit increases in the average global temperature.
Editor: James Boynton