China and climate change ahead of COP21

26-11-2015

China's stance on global climate change action has evolved over time, as its domestic climate policy has gained ground against an unabated focus on economic growth rates and disregard for negative externalities. Its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), submitted to the 21st UN Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is a – still hesitant – step in support of the goal of limiting global warming to 2°C above 1990 levels.

China's stance on global climate change action has evolved over time, as its domestic climate policy has gained ground against an unabated focus on economic growth rates and disregard for negative externalities. Its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), submitted to the 21st UN Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is a – still hesitant – step in support of the goal of limiting global warming to 2°C above 1990 levels.