China promised not to build coal-fired power plants abroad

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) will not participate in projects to build new coal-fired power plants abroad, as the country wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the planet. Chinese President Xi Jinping said this on Tuesday, September 21.

“The PRC will strengthen its support for other developing countries to develop a green economy and low carbon emissions and will not build new coal-fired power plants overseas. China will aim to peak its carbon emissions by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2060. This is going to take a lot of work. And we will do everything necessary to achieve these goals,” he said, speaking at the general policy debate of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

On Monday, Sept. 20, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the world is heading for disaster because of a warming climate. According to him, to limit the temperature rise, it is necessary to reduce emissions by 45 percent by 2030, and then we will achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century.