WWF responds to announcement by US/China on new climate change actions | WWF

WWF responds to announcement by US/China on new climate change actions

Posted on 25 September 2015    
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(Gland, Switzerland 25 September 2015) – The US and China today announced a series of new measures on climate change. These are in addition to the measures announced last year.
 
Responding to the news, WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative leader Samantha Smith said it is good news that the world’s two largest economies – and biggest emitters – are finding further opportunities to reduce emissions.
 
“It is encouraging to see China and the US make new and progressively more ambitious commitments to climate action. We will need even more ambition in the next few years from all countries, as science demands that we reduce emissions more quickly and more substantially. 
 
“Efforts by China and the US to ensure that we get a new climate deal in Paris in December are also good. In particular, WWF welcomes their support for an agreement that will ensure that today’s commitments become much more ambitious; provides enough finance and other support for developing countries to act quickly on climate; and puts equity and ambition at the center.”
 
WWF-US vice president for climate change Lou Leonard said it was good that climate negotiators were looking for ways to close the emissions gap. “Between now and Paris, other countries, including the United States, should follow suit and look to bring more to the table. In particular, countries like the US should work to ensure that Paris makes good on past promises to support poorer countries in the fight against climate change.”
 
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For further information, contact:
 
Mandy Jean Woods mwoods@wwf.org.za / @MandyJeanWoods  / +27 72 393 0027
Sam Smith ssmith@wwf.no  / @pandaclimate / +47 450 22 149
 
 
About WWF - WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. The Global Climate & Energy Initiative (GCEI) is WWF’s global programme addressing climate change, promoting renewable and sustainable energy, scaling up green finance, engaging the private sector and working nationally and internationally on implementing low carbon, climate resilient development.
 
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