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China burned over half the world’s coal last year, despite Xi Jinping’s net-zero pledge

Eamon Barrett reports on Fortune that China burned over half of the world’s coal last year, despite recent net-zero commitments.

The C3 Take
  • There is a serious disparity between the climate rhetoric of the Chinese government and their actions.
  • While carbon, not coal, is the enemy in the race to lower emissions China has continued to emit large amounts of CO2 despite ambitious climate pledges.
  • Carbon emissions do not respect borders. If we want to meaningfully reduce global emissions, China must be held accountable for its climate commitments.

“Despite its pledge to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2060, China continues to burn more coal than any other developed nation, relying on the fossil fuel to satisfy the nation’s surging demand for electricity.”

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