China and the US step up on climate

• By Tim Flannery, Chief Commissioner at the Australian Climate Commission • Ambition has awakened the global energy giants, China and the United States. Both nations have recently strengthened commitments to address climate change and announced plans to strengthen collaboration. China has the world’s largest renewable energy capacity and is moving towards a national emissions trading scheme (ETS) from 2016. The United States now has 10 states with operating emissions trading and has almost doubled renewable energy capacity in the last four years. Quickly and quietly a new direction may be unfolding. On 29 April 2013, the Climate Commission released The Critical Decade: Global Action Building on Climate Change. This report discusses recent changes around the world focusing on developments in China and the US. At the time of the Climate Commission’s last report on international climate change action, the United States election and the change of Chinese leadership were on the immediate horizon. In November 2012, President Barack Obama was re-elected. He quickly affirmed his commitment to tackling climate change and investing in cleaner energy sources, saying in his second inauguration speech: The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. In March 2013, Chinese leaders named Li Keqiang Premier for a five-year term. The Chinese leadership has also affirmed its strong commitment to tackling climate change. The commitment from two of the world’s largest economies delivers substantial policy certainty and continuity for the global effort to tackle climate change. This is also expected to build confidence internationally. Across the globe momentum is building: 35 countries and 13 sub-national jurisdictions are already operating emissions trading ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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