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China's 12th Five Year Plan makes it on track to meet Cancun pledges

4th October 2011

Indeed China may even surpass some of its Cancun climate pledges, yet its emissions will rise higher than expected. The Climate Action Tracker analysed China’s 12th Five Year Plan, announced in March this year, and measured it against China’s climate pledge from Cancun.

“The overall picture shows us that a higher than expected economic growth rate brings with it higher emissions – and the sooner the switch is made to cleaner energy sources, the better, in order to avoid locking in climate-damaging energy,” said Bill Hare of Climate Analytics.

“It also illustrates the risks and uncertainties of using business as usual scenarios as the basis for emission reduction pledges.”

Download the full press release from 4 October 2011 here.

And the press briefing here.