German economy minister stresses China's vital role in climate action

(MENAFN) German Economy Minister Robert Habeck stressed the crucial role of China in global efforts to combat climate change during his visit to the country. Speaking to reporters in Hangzhou after meetings with Chinese officials in Beijing, Habeck underscored China's indispensability in achieving international climate goals. He highlighted China's heavy reliance on coal, which accounted for 60 percent of its electricity generation last year, as a major concern.

Habeck revealed that Chinese officials had informed him of their increased coal production, citing security reasons. He pointed out China's substantial imports of gas and oil, emphasizing the need for alternative energy sources. Drawing parallels with Europe's recent energy crisis following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, he stressed the importance of collaboration with China to address global energy challenges.

The minister emphasized the necessity for China to transition away from coal towards safer alternatives. He acknowledged China's awareness of the harmful effects of carbon dioxide emissions on the climate, emphasizing the need for solutions that prioritize both energy security and environmental sustainability. Habeck advocated for cooperation between Germany and China to support the development and adoption of clean energy technologies as part of a broader strategy to combat climate change on a global scale.



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