Paris promises: where the world’s biggest polluters stand (Agence France-Presse) – September 17, 2019 – 12:56pm NEW YORK, United States — UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has convened a major new climate summit on September 23 because the world’s main polluters remain well behind their goals as laid out in the 2015 Paris Agreement. Here are where the main players stand in relation to the goals they had set for themselves. China China is on track to meet or surpass its goal for carbon dioxide emissions to peak by 2030. Beijing has also set a goal of 20 percent of its future energy mix to come from non-fossil fuels (renewable and nuclear). This goal appears more distant. United States Under former president Barack Obama, the US committed to reducing its emissions from 26 to 28 percent by 2025 compared to 2005. But his successor Donald Trump announced in 2017 he would be leaving the Paris agreement (though the US remains a part until 2020), and immediately committed to tearing Obama’s plan apart, rolling back limits on coal-fired plants, auto emissions and more. European Union The EU is committed to a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared… Read full this story
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