Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on November 15 that we encourage developed countries to effectively take the lead in stopping the use of coal, and also encourage them to effectively provide adequate financial and technological supports to developing countries for the energy transition.
At a regular Foreign Ministry press conference on the day, Zhao was asked to give comments regarding that China and India watered down key language over coal by replacing "phase out" with "phase down" in the final agreement for limiting emissions and fighting global heating in the COP26 summit.
Zhao said the green, low-carbon transition is the general trend and the direction of joint efforts of all nations in the world. China attaches great importance to energy transition and has made great efforts in controlling coal consumption and coal power projects, which has played an important role in reaching consensus on related issues for the international community.
Since this year, President Xi Jinping has announced to the international community a series of policies and measures, including China will strictly control coal power projects, strictly control the growth of coal consumption in the 14th Five-Year Plan period, gradually reduce coal consumption in the 15th Five-Year Plan period, strongly develop green energy and no longer build coal-fired power plants abroad, which have gained high praises from the global community, Zhao said.
"Optimizing the energy mix and reducing the share of coal consumption is a gradual process, where differences in national conditions, development stages, and resource endowments among countries should be respected," Zhao said.
"Many developing countries still do not have universal access to electricity and adequate energy supply. Before asking countries to end coal use, the issue of energy gap should be prioritized in these countries."
"We encourage developed countries to effectively take the lead in ending the use of coal, and also encourage these countries to effectively provide adequate financial and technological supports for the energy transition in developing countries. We need real actions more than just slogans," he said.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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