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Posted October 5 , 2010
Climate Change

Climate Talks Put Spotlight On China.

World Bank - "The first round of international climate talks hosted by China highlights the biggest energy consumer's struggle to expand its role in global-warming policy while shining a spotlight on the country's ambitions and shortcomings in clean energy.
Few analysts or participants expect groundbreaking developments from this week's talks, set to begin Monday in the northeastern Chinese port city of Tianjin. But they are seen as a chance to narrow differences between various countries ahead of a year-end UN summit in Cancun to find a successor to the Kyoto Protocol...." [The Wall Street Journal (10/4)/Factiva]

AFP adds that "...China should show more flexibility in global negotiations on curbing greenhouse gas emissions, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said Monday, although she praised the Asian nation's 'leadership'.... China pledged last year to slow the growth in those emissions by reducing energy consumption per unit of GDP by 40-45 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. That is essentially a vow of greater energy efficiency that would likely, however, see emissions continue to increase.

Speaking at a press conference, Figueres called the efficiency goal an 'impressive target'.... 'We are very appreciative of [China's] efforts and we take it as a very symbolic act from China in support of the intergovernmental process,' she said...." [Agence France Presse (10/4)/Factiva]

Reuters writes that Figueres "...urged governments on Monday to make real steps towards a new treaty to fight global warming or risk throwing negotiations into doubt....Delaying agreement would leave less time for the world to figure out how to rein in greenhouse gas emissions and would add to uncertainties weighing on companies unsure where climate policy and carbon markets are headed after 2012. 'Now is the time to accelerate the search for common ground,' Figueres told hundreds of delegates at the opening session of the Tianjin talks...." [Reuters (10/4)/Factiva]

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