The European Union Ask China To Do More To Combate Climate Change

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December 4, 2009 - Although China announced last week an ambitious energy efficiency plan to cut down CO2 emissions, Fredrik Reinfeld (Swedish Prime Minister but also the EU rotating president), said on Monday that "we can not solve the challenge of climate change for humanity if China does not assume a leadership role and responsibility".

"So far we believe that global efforts put on the table to mitigate the impact of greenhouse gases are not sufficient," Reinfeld said in the context of an EU-China summit held last Monday in Nanjing, capital of the coastal province of Jiangsu.

The Chinese government announced a week ago a plan to reduce by 40% and 45% (compared to 2005) the amount of CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 2020, just a day after the U.S. announced a reduction program which seeks to reduce CO2 emissions by 17% over the same period, then 30% by 2025, and 83% by 2050.

Brussels has welcomed both plans, but they seem inadequate. The European Union has offered a 20% lower emissions compared to 1990, and has said EU will raise the figure to 30% if an international agreement is reached.

Reinfeldt avoided directly criticizing the Chinese plan, though, last Sunday, the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said he had urged Beijing to explore "the outer limits" of its proposal. "Everybody has good reasons for not doing more, but ultimately, if we concentrate only on the reasons for not doing more, we will not succeed," he said.

The Chinese Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao, who will attend the Copenhagen meeting, defends the Beijing proposal, which, he said, poses "a significant contribution to the global effort" against climate change.

Beijing has repeatedly made clear that the main responsibility in combating global warming is for rich countries, because they have been the main cause of rising global temperature and that the West should fund and provide technical assistance to the poorest countries to fight climate change.

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