Philip Dunne questions Government on China and climate change

13th October 2020

Philip Dunne questions the Foreign Secretary on his efforts to work with China in advance to ensure success in the CBD15 and COP26 conferences on global biodiversity and climate next year.

Philip  Dunne  (Ludlow)  (Con)  [V]

What diplomatic efforts has my right hon. Friend engaged in personally to work with China to ensure success in next year’s CBD15 and COP26 conferences on global biodiversity and climate? [907503]

Dominic Raab

That is a good example for all the other challenges we have; it is an area where we must work with China if we are going to shift the dial on climate change. China is the largest emitter, but also the largest investor in renewables. My right hon. Friend will have seen the welcome recent commitment by China to be carbon neutral by 2060. In that and other areas—including, for example, the recent UN General Assembly leaders’ pledge for nature on biodiversity, co-led by the ​UK—we want to work with China. We will not persuade others to step up to the plate unless we can shift the dial with China.

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