China emitted more greenhouse gases (GHG) than the United States and all other developed countries combined in 2019, according to a report published on May 6 by New York-based research firm Rhodium Group.
China’s emission reached nearly 14.1 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalents in 2019, more than triple 1990 levels and a 25 percent increase over the past decade, according to the report. Global emissions in 2019 topped 52 gigatons.
Additionally, China’s per capita emission reached 10.1 tons in 2019, which increased nearly three times over the past two decades, according to the report. The figure was slightly lower than the 10.5 tons per capita average found across the 37 nations making up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
“While final global data for 2020 is not yet available, we expect China’s per capita emissions exceeded the OECD average in 2020, as China’s net GHG emissions grew around 1.7% while emissions from almost all other nations declined sharply in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the report stated.
“BRI’s fossil fuel investments will make combating climate change more difficult,” the nonprofit concluded.
Beijing has locked BRI countries into a “coal-consuming energy future,” the AFP reported in December last year, with ongoing Chinese coal projects in countries including Zimbabwe and Pakistan.
BRI is an investment initiative Beijing rolled out in 2013 to build up trade routes linking China and other parts of the world.
“Communist China is the world’s worst polluter & we can’t trust it will do anything to change course,” Scott wrote.
He added: “Addressing our changing climate requires real solutions, but we can’t pretend toothless agreements with mega-polluters like Communist China will do anything to advance that work.”
Days after Kerry’s trip, Chinese leader Xi Jinping took part in a U.S.-led climate summit on April 22, during which he said that China would “strictly limit” its coal consumptions from 2021 to 2025, and phase it down in the following five years. Xi also reiterated his previous pledge in September last year about China becoming carbon neutral by 2060.
Kerry recently drew more criticism from several Republican lawmakers over his remark in an interview with Foreign Policy.
“Demanding the CCP stop committing genocide doesn’t ‘get in the way’ of climate change negotiations, and to imply climate issues are more critical than the lives of millions of oppressed people living in China is insensitive and improper,” McCaul stated.