China says must consider supply chain, food and energy security when curbing emissions

Chinese President Xi Jinping last year announced that the country would bring its carbon emissions to a peak by 2030

  
Aircraft fly in formation past Oriental Pearl Tower at Lujiazui financial district of Pudong on the 100th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China, in Shanghai, China July 1, 2021.

Aircraft fly in formation past Oriental Pearl Tower at Lujiazui financial district of Pudong on the 100th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China, in Shanghai, China July 1, 2021.

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BEIJING- China's cabinet on Sunday outlined measures to achieve its goals of reaching peak carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality before 2060 but said food and energy security must be considered amid those efforts.

The statement came as severe energy shortages in China threaten to overshadow Beijing's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, just as countries prepare for a new round of climate talks in Glasgow starting on Oct. 31.

China should "manage the relationship between pollution reduction and carbon reduction and energy security, industrial supply chain security, food security and normal life of the people," said a cabinet document published by official media Xinhua.

It also called for an effective response to the economic risks of green and low-carbon transition, to "prevent overreaction, and ensure safe carbon reduction".

Climate watchers were hoping the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases could be persuaded to start cutting coal consumption earlier than its current target of 2026, but severe energy shortages have put the government under pressure to urgently step up production of the fuel. 

(Reporting by David Stanway and Dominique Patton; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Susan Fenton) ((dominique.patton@thomsonreuters.com;))


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