Hu Jintao on Climate Change

27 10 2009

In September, the United Nations met at the 2009 Summit on Climate Change in New York to address the looming environmental crisis. On September 22, world leaders talked about the problems facing the planet and what they’re going to do about it. Here’s what Chinese President Hu Jintao had to say.

Main points:

China will reduce energy intensity and attempt to decrease carbon dioxide emissions “by a notable margin” by 2020. (Note: Cutting energy intensity is not the same as cutting carbon emissions. Energy intensity measures how much energy is emitted per unit GDP. Meaning if the Chinese economy goes up, so could carbon dioxide. Just not as much.)

China will implement a national climate change program with “mandatory national targets.” Besides reducing energy intensity, the targets also include decreasing pollution and increasing forests and renewable energy.

China will increase the non-fossil fuels used in primary energy consumption to 15 percent  by 2020 from 2005 levels.

China will increase forest coverage by 40 million hectares by 2020 from 2005 levels. (1 hectare is 10,000 square meters, or about 2.5 acres. So roughly 100 million more acres of forest in the next ten years.)

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