China Confirms Emissions Reduction Commitment

Months after the Copenhagen Accord laid the groundwork for a comprehensive international climate plan, one of the world's most carbon-polluting nations re-affirmed that it is working to reduce emissions and fight global warming.

"It provides a lot of comfort that China will live up to those contributions and not walk away from that piece," said Jake Schmidt, international climate policy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

A letter from Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to the United Nations reiterated the country's commitment to a suite of climate change mitigation plans that include reducing emissions growth, increasing renewable energy development, and spreading forest growth.

Published: February 23, 2010