Protect Nature and Environment like We Protect Our Eyes
Ambassador Cong Peiwu Publishes a Signed Article on The Hill Times
17 June 2021
Canada has a beautiful natural environment and people here have a strong awareness of environmental protection. The Montreal Protocol, which aims to protect the ozone layer, was signed in Montreal. The Chinese side and the Canadian side have a lot in common in environmental protection.
Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets. Ecological advancement and conservation have been written into China’s Constitution. China will adhere to a green and low-carbon development path that prioritizes ecological conservation and promote the integration of climate change response and environmental protection into all aspects of economic and social development. In line with the “Green Olympics” concept, all the Beijing Winter Olympics venues will be powered by 100 percent clean energy – a pioneering effort in the history of the Olympics. China has accounted for about a quarter of the global increase in green area since 2000, and the Three-North Shelterbelt Forest Program has been acknowledged as a global ecological economy demonstration zone by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Home to more than half of global new energy vehicles, China is also the largest renewable energy investor in the world.
China has never been absent in tackling global climate change. By the end of 2019, China’s carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP had decreased by 48.1 percent compared with that in 2005, equaling a reduction of more than 5 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions. China has made clear to the world its determination to help deal with climate change on many international occasions, including the General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Climate Ambition Summit, as well as the Leaders Summit on Climate. China will strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. At the recent Leaders Summit on Climate, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed that China has committed to moving from carbon peak to carbon neutrality in a much shorter time span than what might take many developed countries, and that requires extraordinarily hard efforts from China. The targets of carbon peak and carbon neutrality have been added to China’s overall plan for ecological conservation. China is now making an action plan and is already taking strong nationwide actions toward carbon peak. Moreover, China has decided to accept the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and tighten regulations over non-carbon dioxide emissions. China’s national carbon market will also start trading.
China is firmly committed to putting multilateralism into action and promoting a fair and equitable system of global environmental governance for win-win cooperation. China will host the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity this October and looks forward to working with all parties to enhance global governance on biodiversity. China will support COP26 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in achieving positive outcomes. As of the end of 2020, China had carried out international cooperation and exchanges on ecological preservation with over 100 countries, and signed about 150 eco-environmental protection cooperation documents with more than 60 countries, and international and regional organizations. China has also made ecological cooperation a key part of the Belt and Road cooperation. A number of green action initiatives have been launched, covering wide-ranging efforts in green infrastructure, green energy, green transport and green finance, to bring enduring benefits to the people of all Belt and Road partner countries.
How to achieve economic recovery, protect the environment and meet the challenge of climate change in the post-pandemic era has become a prominent issue of common concern that the international community must face. China stands ready to exchange in-depth views with other countries, including Canada, on climate change, to discuss ways to tackle this challenge and find a path for man and nature to live in harmony.