China has reiterated its climate change commitments before the upcoming UN climate summit in Cancun, promising to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years.
The commitments are contained in China’s Annual Report on Policies and Actions to Address Climate Change which was published by the National Development and Reform Commission on Tuesday, the International Business Times reported.
Last year China promised to cut carbon dioxide emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 40 to 45% by 2020 compared with 2005 levels. It also promised to increase the usage of non-fossil fuels to 15% of its total primary energy consumption by 2020.
NDRC deputy director Xie Zhenhua said the size of China’s promised emissions reduction "is greater than any other country in the world."
The International Energy Agency has said that China consumes more energy than any country in the world, topping US energy use by 0.4%.