China accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the world’s developed nations combined
China’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 exceeded those of the U.S. and other developed nations combined, according to research published Thursday by Rhodium Group.
The US was the second-largest emitter at 11% while India was third with 6.6% of emissions. The findings come after a climate summit President Joe Biden hosted last month, during which Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated a pledge to make sure the nation’s emissions peak by 2030.
Xi said China would control coal-fired generation projects and limit increases in coal consumption over the next five years, with reductions taking place in the five years following that. The country is currently running 1,058 coal plants – more than half the world’s capacity.
Whereas, Biden has vowed to to reduce U.S. emissions by 50% to 52% by 2030, more than doubling the country’s prior commitment under the 2015 Paris climate agreement.