China Softens Tone on Climate Ambition Amid Power Shortages

July 30, 2021, 12:58 PM

China’s top policy makers urged an easing of the aggressive measures taken to reduce carbon emissions as Beijing balances economic health with its climate goals.

The strict, top-down enforcement of China’s emission reduction goals is seen hampering the country’s efforts to stimulate slowing economic growth. The Communist Party’s Politburo urged a coordinated, orderly approach to reach carbon neutrality, according to a report published by the official Xinhua News Agency after a meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping.

The July meeting of the 25-member Politburo is typically when they review the economy’s performance in the first half and set policy priorities ...

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