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China submitted climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Jul 7, 2015 15:00 IST

China on 30 June 2015 submitted its new climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The plan delineates China’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) paving the way for ratification of a post-2020 universal climate change agreement which will be reached at the UN climate conference in Paris, in December 2015.

Highlights of China’s Climate Action Plan/INDC

• CO2 emissions per unit of GDP (known as carbon intensity) will be reduced by 60 to 65 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. China’s existing target is to reduce the carbon intensity is by 40-45 percent by 2020.
• Forest carbon stock volume will be increased by around 4.5 billion cubic meters from 2005 levels by 2030. It implies an increase in forest cover of 50-100 million hectares (124-247 million acres) of forest, or about two to four times the size of the United Kingdom.

So far, including China, 43 parties to the UNFCCC, out of 192 member countries, have formally submitted their INDCs.

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