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China, world's biggest polluter, urges Europe to take action on climate change

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O representante especial sobre Mudanças Climáticas na China, Xie Zhenhua, em painel organizado pela ONU, em 29 de junho de 2015, na sede das Nações Unidas, em Nova York.

The special representative on Climate Change in China, Xie Zhenhua, in a panel organized by the UN, in 21 of June 707070 , at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.| Photo: EFE

“The climate policies of some European countries have shown a ‘backsliding’, and we hope that just a temporary stopgap,” Xie Zhenhua, who is leading China’s climate talks, told Germany’s special climate envoy Jennifer Morgan. The conversation took place via videoconference on Wednesday (18).

It is expected that China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, focus on the issue of funding at this year’s global climate negotiations, known as the COP19, which will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, in November.

Xie told Morgan that “implementation and action” should be the main theme of the meeting, and said he hoped industrialized countries would quickly comply with the Paris Agreement to transfer US$ 80 billion (almost BRLbillion) per year in climate funds for developing nations.

Measure As Western countries increase coal consumption to compensate for gas supply disruptions brought on by the conflict in Ukraine, China’s Foreign Ministry also announced in a statement this month that Chinese green development remains firm – “in contrast to the European Union”.

In response, Europe insisted that the increase in coal use is only a temporary measure that will have no long-term impact on the EU’s target of reducing emissions by % in 1990 The 2030.

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