[Explanation] On June 11, the 12th "Green Development · Low-Carbon Life" Forum hosted by China News Service "China News Weekly" was held in Beijing.
With the theme of "New Journey of'Carbon' Road", guests from the political, academic and industry circles shared their insights on how China is taking a new journey of green and low carbon development.
[Commentary] Chen Junjun, president of the China News Agency, stated in the host's speech that tackling climate change is an environmental issue, but also a development issue.
Hope that through the forum, pragmatic exchanges and in-depth discussions with all sectors of society.
[Concurrent] Chen Junjun, President of China News Agency
Today, global climate governance has risen to an unprecedented height, and our green and low-carbon actions are also entering a new journey. Addressing climate change is an environmental issue, but also a development issue. Energy transition industry adjustment, pollution reduction and carbon reduction, and the development of carbon sink markets Major topics such as these are all of the concern and concern of this forum.
It is recommended that everyone share the China story of green development through pragmatic exchanges and in-depth discussions, so that more people can participate in low-carbon actions.
[Commentary] Xie Zhenhua, China's special envoy for climate change affairs, attended the event.
He said that in recent years, China's green and low-carbon transition has achieved remarkable results.
At the same time, all the rural poor under the current standards are lifted out of poverty.
This fully shows that climate action will not hinder economic development.
[Concurrent] Xie Zhenhua, China's Special Envoy for Climate Change Affairs
As of the end of 2020, China's carbon intensity has been reduced by about 48.4% compared with 2005, exceeding the 2020 climate action target.
At the same time, all rural poor people have been lifted out of poverty (under current standards), and the per capita GDP has reached 10,000 US dollars.
The coordinated development of economic, social environment and climate action has basically been realized.
However, we must also be soberly aware that my country's heavy industrial structure, coal energy structure, low energy efficiency, and weak technological innovation capabilities, there is still much room and potential for improvement.
[Explanation] In 2020, China will make a commitment to the world and propose to achieve carbon peaks by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060.
This also means that China has embarked on a new journey of low-carbon development.
How should China promote low-carbon development in the next step?
Su Wei, deputy secretary-general of the National Development and Reform Commission of China, said that to embark on a new journey on the "carbon" road, China needs to make efforts in many ways.
[Concurrent] Su Wei, Deputy Secretary-General of the National Development and Reform Commission of China
The first is to strengthen the top-level design, the second is to promote a comprehensive green transformation of economic and social development, the third is to deepen the adjustment of the industrial structure with energy conservation and carbon reduction as the guide, the fourth is to accelerate the construction of a clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient energy system, and the fifth is to accelerate the construction and transportation fields Low-carbon development, six is to strengthen green and low-carbon technological innovation, seven is to promote the co-construction of the "Belt and Road" green development, and eight is to improve regulations, standards and policy guarantee systems.
[Explanation] Lu Xinming, deputy director of the Department of Climate Change Response of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, said that in addition to the establishment of institutions and mechanisms, it is necessary to carry out national actions to enhance the society's awareness of carbon peaks and carbon neutrality, and guide residents to a green and low-carbon lifestyle.
[Explanation] The forum also released the "2021 Low-Carbon Model" case. 12 companies including China National Petroleum Corporation, China Petrochemical Corporation, China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group Co., Ltd., and China Construction Bank are among them.
Reporter Wang Shibo Chen Su reports from Beijing
Editor in charge: [Wang Kai]