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Tackling Climate Change
Compared with Copenhagen and Cancun conferences, the Durban conference aims at solving problems that have lingered on after two previous conferences, while also trying to determine whether the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol will start on schedule
Uncommon Ground

The action to achieve deep cuts in global emissions must be led by both the developed and developing contries. China is willing to shoulder responsibilities in line with its development mode and capability as long as the legal framework after 2020 will comply with the principles of 'common but differentiated responsibilities'

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China's Achievements
In 2010, China's energy consumption per unit of the GDP dropped 19.1 percent from that of 2005
China's Conditions
- New carbon-cutting pledges by rich nations in the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol

- Fast launch of the Green Climate Fund under a supervisory regime

- Implementing the consensus on adaptation, technology transfer, transparency, capability building and other points agreed upon in former conferences

- Appraising developed countries' commitment during the first period of the Kyoto Protocol

- Adhering to the principles of "common but differentiated responsibilities," fairness and environmental integrity 

China's Commitments

- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions per unit of the GDP by 40-45 percent by 2020 as compared with 2005

- Reducing carbon dioxide emissions per unit of the GDP by 17 percent and energy consumption per unit of the GDP by 16 percent by 2015 as compared with 2010

- Increasing the proportion of non-fossil energy consumption to the total consumption of primary energy to 11.4 percent by 2015

- Increasing the forest coverage rate to 21.66 percent by 2015

(Source: China's Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change)

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