The day before, the two countries surprisingly announced a climate protection agreement and a commitment to jointly reduce emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases. There was no concrete new reduction target by 2030 from the Chinese side. The United States announced months ago that it wanted to halve greenhouse gases by 2030 compared to 2005.
China contributes 27 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while the United States contributes 11 percent. Sitting at the negotiating table, Flasbarth, as Germany’s representative at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow, emphasized that a “quick race to catch up” was necessary to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees compared to pre-industrial times.
“The necessary progress should come primarily from the largest emitting countries. We hope that now China will also accept this responsibility and, in cooperation with the United States, want to reduce its emissions further,” he said. Flassbarth emphasized that Germany was happy to help ensure that China’s greenhouse gas cuts “are so significant that the necessary contribution is made to the 1.5 degree path.”
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