Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

China submits new climate plan days before global summit (interview)

October 29, 2021

TRT World Now– With COP26 just days away IGSD President Durwood Zaelke answers the questions “how do you think this new plan from China will be received?”, “are China’s commitments going far enough?” and, “what do you hope realistically will come out of COP6?”

“The Chinese plan is notable because it focuses not only on CO2 but also on the non-CO2 short-lived climate pollutants. That includes methane, the HFCs hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants, and black carbon soot. This is important because when a country stops emitting them they produce cooling almost instantaneously, within a matter of days, weeks, or a few years….”

“I would like to see China join the Global Methane Pledge that the U.S. and the EU have put out, and probably 50 or 60 other countries have already joined because this represents the single biggest and fastest bite out of climate change that the world can take. China has put methane in their new plan. They could of course do more, and they could move faster. That’s true of every country of the world.”

– Durwood Zaelke, IGSD President