Reference News Network reported on November 11 that the website of the German weekly "Der Spiegel" published an article entitled "China is leaning in the right direction" on November 22, written by Christian Steckel, a professor at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. The following is an excerpt from the article:

China and the United States issued a joint statement on the future of climate protection cooperation on the 15th of this month. Both countries expressed their "support for the efforts outlined in the G2030 Leaders' Declaration to triple global renewable energy capacity by <>." In addition, the two countries pledged to "achieve meaningful absolute reductions in emissions from the power sector once they have peaked".

China's willingness to make such a joint statement of intent with the United States is good news for three reasons:

First, it shows that the planet's only two superpowers take the climate crisis very seriously and are willing to cooperate on this issue despite the conflicts. It would not work without such cooperation.

Second, the statement suggests that for the dissidents, deniers and procrastinators who still exist in large numbers in the United States, the train carrying them seems to be finally moving.

Third, the statement reflects China's growing assertiveness in climate and energy. And there's a reason for this growing self-confidence. This brings us to our second piece of good news of the week.

The UK's Carbon Briefing website published an analysis ahead of the US-China joint statement explaining China's confidence: the website concluded on multiple sources of data that "there is a guarantee" that China's CO2024 emissions will actually fall again in 2007. China has been the largest emitter on the planet since <>. However, if you look at historical total emissions, the United States is still the "leader" among the major climate polluters. It would be a sensation if China started to approach the tipping point of declining emissions.

According to the Carbon Briefing website, China has seen a "historic increase" in renewable energy production capacity. This is particularly evident in the solar power sector: China added 2023 GW of new capacity in 210 alone, "more than double the total installed capacity of the United States and more than four times the amount of new capacity added by China in 2020".

If you add up the wind, solar, hydro and nuclear power that China will expand in 2023, it will receive an additional 423 TWh of electricity per year, "equivalent to the total electricity consumption in France".

In addition, there has been a boom in investment in China's industrial production capacity for emission reduction technologies such as solar panels, electric vehicles and batteries.

This is good news for other countries on the planet, although not necessarily for competitors in Europe and the United States.

All of this also means that very cheap PV modules, cells and electric vehicles will continue to be exported from China to the rest of the world, and more and more in the future. For example, after these commodities are exported to Africa, Africa can largely skip the coal era in this way. Most of the continent (except South Africa) does not have a single coal-fired power plant. And with extremely cheap solar energy, this will be more likely to be maintained. (Compiler/Nie Litao)