Ditching coal should be the goal: China can save money and the world by investing in zero carbon electricity

Will Beijing keep its clean energy pledge?

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Matt Gray of TransitionZero
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Matt Gray of TransitionZero

China is responsible for about a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and, according to the International Energy Agency, is likely to increase its greenhouse gas output this year.

In short, without strong action from China, the world will be unable to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The country has a long-term target of being carbon neutral before 2060, but has yet to produce a plan for its emissions this decade, as required under the Paris Agreement. At the recent Leaders Summit on Climate, an event organised by US President Joe Biden, China was not expected to announce any new carbon targets, due to the recent geopolitical tensions between the two nations.  Lost in the ESG rat race: Will different countries' diverging goals undermine net zero am...

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