Hu makes climate statement, Obama says nothing new

Press release - 2009-09-23
Greenpeace welcomes Chinese President Hu Jintao's statement that China will commit to a “considerable reduction” of carbon intensity by 2020 made at the UN Summit on Climate Change in New York.

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The organisation urges US President Barack Obama to show decisive leadership on climate change.

"Whilst not giving any specific numbers Chinese President Hu signaled a willingness to move forward the negotiations by stating explicitly that China will aim for a significant carbon intensity reduction, referring to a sense of responsibility for his own people and people across the world." said Yang Ailun, Greenpeace China climate and energy campaign manager.

"This is a step in the right direction and seriously challenges industrialized countries, especially the US, to take on their fair share of reducing emissions and protecting the world from climate catastrophe.

"Now is high time for US President Obama to step up to show leadership with more ambitious plans for emission cuts  in the coming 76 days, to ensure a successful Copenhagen Summit."

China's current five-year plan aims to reduce energy intensity by 20% from 2005 levels by 2010.

China also plans to increase the share of renewable energy in the primary energy supply to 15% by 2020.

China has implemented stringent car emission standards, which are stricter than in many parts of the US.

"Last month, Chinese legislators passed a climate change resolution, which for the first time puts climate change and sustainable development at the core of economic and social planning at all levels of government.

"With only 76 days to go before the Copenhagen Summit, Greenpeace urges the Chinese government to continue to play a proactive role to move the international climate negotiation process ahead," added Yang Ailun. "Equally important, it is imperative that the Chinese government ensure the implementation of its climate initiatives."

Other contacts:

Hans Xu: Media officer, Greenpeace China
Tel: +86-10-65546931*123;
Yang Ailun: Climate & Energy Campaign Manager, Greenpeace China