United States and China release a game-changing joint climate announcement

Press release - 25 September, 2015
Washington, DC, 25 September 2015 - United States President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping today issued a joint statement that outlines their common vision for the Paris negotiation, including a game-changing financial commitment from China and details on key domestic policy issues. This announcement takes place as China’s emissions from coal are declining for the first time in 15 years.

Commenting on the new statement, Greenpeace East Asia Senior Climate Policy Analyst, Li Shuo, said:

"The climate finance commitments from the Chinese government represent a paradigm shift. This is a drastic increase in scale from China's previous financial pledges, US $3.1 billion could even surpass the US pledge to the Green Climate Fund, which still faces a significant battle in the US Congress.

"With this deal, it's clear China is ready to lead on climate. The old political excuses for inaction in Washington have become irrelevant. On the wave of moral inspiration after the Pope's visit, US politicians should raise the level of their ambition.

"The US and China frequently find themselves disagreeing with each other, but one thing that the leaders are aligned on is climate change. The overwhelming scale of the crisis transcends differences of political system and development stage. If the US and China can agree on the urgency of tackling climate change, the world should find it possible to forge a successful deal in Paris.

"The political capital both leaders are investing in a climate agreement in Paris also reflects the fundamental transformation of international climate politics from six years ago in Copenhagen.

"Greenpeace calls on the US and China to bring their highest level of ambition to Paris and beyond."

The release builds on the major announcement the two leaders signed in November last year.

Greenpeace is calling for a strong Paris Agreement, including a complete phase out of fossil fuels and a transition to 100 percent renewable energy by midcentury, a solid mechanism to ramp up ambition every five years starting in 2020, and the financing of the $100 billion climate fund.

ENDS

Media contacts:

Rodrigo Estrada, Media Officer, Greenpeace USA, +1 202-344-9292

Li Shuo, Senior Climate Policy Officer, Greenpeace China, +49 151 6194 5236 (Germany), +86 152 0168 1548 (China),

Greenpeace International Press Desk Hotline: +31 (0)20 718 24 70 Press Desk Email:

Notes:

Greenpeace's scientific scenario Energy [R]evolution, published on September 21, 2015, proves how to reach globally 100% renewable energy in 2050.

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/publications/Campaign-reports/Climate-Reports/Energy-Revolution-2015/

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