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12-11-2014 COP20 in the Media

China and U.S. pledge to fight against climate change

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Beijing, Nov 12 (EFE).- China and the United States Wednesday made a “historic” pledge to fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The initiative by the Chinese and U.S. presidents, Xi Jinping and Barack Obama, is the first taken by China against polluting emissions, and yet another announced by the United States.

Under the commitment, China’s level of emissions would peak in 2030 before it starts declining. In that year, around 20 percent of the energy will come from renewable energy sources, Xi said.

On its side, the U.S. has set a goal to reduce its emissions between 26 and 28 percent by 2025 in comparison with 2005 levels.

The announcement was made at a joint press conference after two days of meetings in Beijing.

Obama said the “historic” agreement sets an ambitious yet achievable goal and would serve as an important milestone in the relationship between Washington and Beijing.

The accord, reached after months of negotiations, seeks to promote a global pact at the climate change conference that is to be held in Paris in 2015.

“As the world’s two largest economies, energy consumers and emitters of greenhouse gases, we have a special responsibility to lead the global effort against climate change,” Obama said.

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