Grassroots Carbon Control Projects Could Help China Beat Paris Pledge: Study

Caixin Global | Sep 20, 2019 at 8:31 PM
  • Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by cities, regions, and companies in China could prevent the equivalent of millions of tons of planet-warming carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, helping the country exceed its international climate commitments and mitigate climate change, new research has found.
  • The study, published Wednesday by Yale University and Germany-based research organization the NewClimate Institute, concludes that initiatives outside the national government could slash China’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 by around 50 million tons of carbon dioxide per year beyond what current national policies would achieve.
  • Key to the success of the Paris Agreement are each country’s nationally determined contributions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of a larger UN convention on climate change.