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Shanghai and other coastal regions plan to achieve early carbon peak

Several coastal Chinese cities and provinces, including Shanghai, Jiangsu and Guangdong, have announced plans to reach a peak in carbon emissions ahead of the national target of 2030, Radio China reported.
Shanghai plans to peak all emissions and amount of carbon dioxide per capita by 2025, after which — by 2035, the city plans to reduce overall emissions by about 5 percent of peak values.

Southern Guangdong province and eastern Jiangsu are also seeking to play a leading role in curbing carbon emissions, news portal reported Sunday. The material states that the GDP of both ranked first and second in the country respectively in 2019, and they have a better industrial structure with fewer heavy industry businesses than northern and inland regions, making the target achievable.

Good economic performance allows local authorities in these regions to focus on achieving sustainable and ecological development. Currently, for example, Shanghai has tighter emissions controls and its authorities are more enthusiastic about the introduction of energy-efficient technologies such as energy-saving buildings and new energy vehicles. To achieve an increase in the number of electric vehicles in the city, Shanghai is offering as of this year another 5,000 yuan ($770) subsidy to consumers in addition to the already existing one. Energy consumption per 10,000 yuan of GDP in the city fell by 17.07% from the level in 2015.

China seeks to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060