Source：Organizing_Committee | Date：2021-07-20
The 14th Five-Year Plan is considered to be the key period for China’s carbon peak goal. To promote energy saving and consumption reduction, China will launch an initiative on peaking the carbon emissions in its industrial sector. At the 2021 (12th) China Iron and Steel Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Forum held recently, You Yong, Deputy Director General of the Department of Energy Conservation and Comprehensive Utilization of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), revealed that MIIT is now making every effort to formulate an implementation plan for carbon peaking in the industrial sector.
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According to You, the details of the implementation plan for carbon peaking in the industrial sector include identifying implementation approaches, carrying out major demonstration projects for carbon reduction, proposing a batch of key energy-saving and carbon-reducing technologies, and enhancing the management of some non-CO2 greenhouse gases.
China’s carbon peak and neutrality goals show its resolve to address climate change. Sun Zhen, Deputy Director General of the Department of Climate Change of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said that efforts to address climate change issues and protect ecological environment should be promoted in a coordinated manner to bring out synergy effect. A sustainable system should be established to improve the statistical accounting of greenhouse gases, data management and compliance with international conventions, so as to prove China’s contribution with facts supported by solid data.
The 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) was held in Beijing from September 4 to 9. At the Beijing International Forum for Metropolitan Clean Air and Climate Actions, Li Gao, Director General of the Department of Climate Change of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, stated that China will unswervingly implement a national strategy to actively respond to climate change, promote efforts to address related issues with greater determination and intensity, and form an anti-driving mechanism for high-quality economic development and high-level protection of the ecological environment.
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According to Li Gao, China’s next step will focus on the following aspects: firstly, to carefully design the targets and tasks to address climate change issues for the 14th Five-Year Plan; secondly, to actively carry out actions to peak carbon emissions; thirdly, to accelerate the construction of a national carbon market; fourthly, to deepen international cooperation against climate change; fifthly, to vigorously promote the integration and synergy of climate change response with environmental pollution control and ecological protection.
At the forum, Chen Tian, Director of the Beijing Municipal Ecology and Environment Bureau, said that in recent years, Beijing has been making great efforts to combat air pollution and actively respond to climate change, formulating and implementing a new Beijing Urban Master Plan featuring ‘less is more’ and green development. Beijing has consistently implemented action plans for the “Clean Air”, “Blue Sky” and “Response to Climate Change” campaigns, paying attention to key areas such as industry, energy, transportation and construction. With unprecedented determination and intensity, the city has made concerted efforts to reduce air pollutants and carbon dioxide emissions, achieving positive results.
Next, Beijing will further improve its ecological and environmental protection work during the 14th Five-Year Plan period with the best standards, especially in the concerted treatment of PM2.5 and ozone pollution, and the improvement of air quality and the control of greenhouse gas emissions, firmly following the path towards ecological priority and green development.