China is willing to work with U.N to fight against climate change

China is willing to work with U.N to fight against climate change and it wants to establish a new global deal about this issue.  However, the country’s top climate change official, Xie Zhenhua, has said that the key to progress is getting rich nations to keep pledges to fund mitigation steps by poorer countries.

Representatives of more than 190 nations are going to meet in Warsaw from Nov 11 to 22 to push towards a new global deal to cut climate-warming greenhouse gases. It is set to take effect by 2020.

Last month, the United States’ chief climate change envoy, Todd Stern, urged a more flexible approach over a new pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, saying nations should be allowed to set individual timetables and commitments. And Xie Zhenhua is agreed with him.  “As long as it is fair, and accords with the principle of ‘common but differentiated responsibilities’, we have a very flexible approach,” he told.

However, Xie has insisted that funding was critical to solving the disputes, with richer countries still not having released funds promised in 2009 to help poorer nations adapt to climate change and to cut their own emissions. The measures included “fast-start” funds of $30 billion by 2015 and an annual fund of $100 billion to developing countries by 2020.

Developing nations would only be obliged to meet climate change pledges once funding from richer nations was in place, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in a document issued ahead of the news conference. “Although the developed countries have not lived up to their commitments, developing countries have taken active measures to combat climate change, especially China,” Xie said.

Xie confirmed that three cities and provinces in China – Beijing, Guangdong and Shanghai – would launch emissions trading markets before the end of the year, adding to a carbon trading scheme introduced in Shenzhen in June.

maria soler