Those in the United States and Europe have long heard the argument that if China doesn’t curb emissions, then why should they? New signs that China is serious about emissions caps and trading may mean it is time for Europe and others to take their own steps toward reducing carbon intensity, since “inaction in China” will no longer be an excuse.
A recent report in the UK’s Guardian newspaper explores these issues. Though China’s rapid growth and large size means that pollution control measures are often difficult to implement and slow to become visible, there are a number of key actions that have taken place nonetheless. In particular, the 12th Five-Year Plan is especially ambitious in focusing on sustainable economic and social development measures and has already planned for several regional emissions trading plans on an trial basis. You can read more on the Guardian.