China‘s top negotiator at the UN climate talks welcomed the climate pact adopted by EU leaders on Friday as a “positive step,” but criticised carbon reduction goals set by US president-elect Barack Obama as too weak.
In an interview with AFP, Su Wei said the deal struck at the European Union‘s summit in Brussels as “a positive step.”
by Marlowe Hood
Passers-by look at the picture of the earth at the “Technologies for Climate Protection” exibition during the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, on December 7, 2008. China’s top negotiator at the UN climate talks welcomed the climate pact adopted by EU leaders on Friday as a “positive step,” but criticised carbon reduction goals set by US president-elect Barack Obama as too weak.(AFP/File/Wojtek Radwanski)
“We welcome that,” Su said. “It is important that European Union continue to take the lead in the international cooperation to address.”
He added, though: “Maybe some of the positions have been watered down compared to 2007.
“Of course, we understand in the face of the international financial crisis, countries put more efforts to address that crisis. But we think measures to address climate change should not in any way be delayed or watered down.”
Su — whose fast-industrialising nation has overtaken the United States as the world’s leading emitter of CO2 — qualified this.
“I also heard the very firm political commitments from the ministers of the EU and from the European environment commissioner” Stavros Dimas, he said.
The European Union‘s so-called 20-20-20 package seeks to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020, make 20-percent energy savings and bring up to 20 percent of total energy use.
The Chinese negotiator said Obama’s plan to reduce USto 1990 levels by 2020 was well short of the mark.