Warning of ‘huge losses’ to China’s economy from the future effects of global warming, Beijing has echoed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s latest call that the developed world should do more to battle climate change.
China, which holds 20 per cent of the world’s population, admitted on Wednesday that its emissions contributing to global warming almost equal those of the US. Factories manufacturing export goods contribute 20 per cent of these emissions.
“According to our data, China’s current total emissions are almost the same as that of the US,” Xie Zhenhua, vice-director of the National Development and Reform Commission was quoted saying in the official news agency Xinhua.
China and India will be at the centre of future policies to combat climate change when the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.
In a sign of the negotiations ahead, Xie said that whether China has surpassed the US emissions or not is unimportant. By some estimates, China was already considered as the world’s largest emitter of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.
Last Saturday in the Chinese capital, Singh’s address at a meeting of Asian and European nations had pointed out that emissions of developed nations have increased by 2.6 per cent from 2000 to 2005. “We should call upon our European partners to do more in this regard,’’ he had said. India is considered the fourth or fifth-largest emitter.