Forget the US, Beijing and Brussels are now the new global climate leaders

The two countries intend to accelerate joint efforts to reduce global carbon emissions since Trump is pulling the US out of the Paris climate deal.


During a recent EU-China summit, Beijing and Brussels stated their plan to reduce global carbon emissions.

Many world leaders have been quick to restate their support for climate action since Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris climate deal.

“The EU and China consider climate action and the clean energy transition an imperative more important than ever,” the European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Premier Li Keqiang, said in a statement during the summit.



The Paris agreement or climate change accord was agreed on by nearly 200 countries in December 2015, and came into force on 4 November 2016.

The agreement commits world leaders to keeping global warming below 2C, seen as the threshold for safety by scientists, and pursuing a tougher target of 1.5C.

The carbon emission curbs put forward by countries under Paris are not legally-binding but the framework of the accord, which includes a mechanism for periodically cranking those pledges up, is binding.

The agreement also has a long-term goal for net zero emissions which would effectively phase out fossil fuels.

China and the EU are on track to take the lead on efforts to tackle climate change. The two plan to develop green technology and promote renewables.

They pledged to raise USD$ 100 billion per year to help poorer nations cut their emissions.

Both China and the EU have rejected the idea that the Paris deal can be renegotiated.

Canada has also reinstated its support for the global climate action.

The US–which joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only nation to reject the climate deal–is the second highest emitter of carbon dioxide after China.

Luckily to date, there has been no sign that any other country is preparing to pull out of the Paris agreement.

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