China Thursday attacked Japan’s recently announced pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions as inadequate in the face of the current climate change challenge.
Japan announced Wednesday it planned to reduce emissions by 15 percent by 2020 compared with 2005, the equivalent of an eight percent cut from 1990 levels -- a goal criticised as too little by environmentalists.
“According to our calculation, the new target equates to only a two percentage point advance from Japan’s previous pledge in the first commitment period,” foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters.
“This target is actually far from the present task of tackling climate change as well as the aspiration of the international community.”
Under the Kyoto Protocol, Japan had promised to reduce its 1990 emissions by six percent by the end of 2012, or the first commitment period.
“We believe the international community can make an objective and fair assessment of Japan’s new target,” Qin said.
China has so far refused to accept a binding or compulsory target on emissions reduction, arguing it is a developing country that still needs to grow its economy and alleviate poverty.