Yet, with one of the fastest growing economies in the world, China’s new target is going to be difficult to achieve. As much of the world begins to explore sustainable alternatives to the use of fossil fuels, CO2 emissions in China have continued to soar in recent years, mostly due to the burning of coal as the main source of energy. According to a report by the BBC, China accounts for 28% of the world’s CO2 emissions. The report also states that the country’s emissions fell by 25% at the beginning of this year as a result of covid-19; however, since heavy industries have returned to work, emissions have begun to rise again.
However hard to achieve their goal, a shift toward carbon-neutrality is essential for public and environmental health, as well as a global green recovery from Covid-19.