Talks on global climate change policy took a step forward in Bonn today after the US conceded that it will not demand binding cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from China.
Last week, a stalemate looked likely as representatives from Beijing told UN delegates in the German city that it planned to increase its emissions in order to further develop its economy.
However, Dr Jonathan Pershing, head of the US delegation in Bonn, said that the Obama administration expected “emerging economies” to take actions at limiting growth in their emissions rather than making cuts.
He said that developing nations led by China would be asked to agree to increases in energy efficiency standards and a greater focus on renewable energy.
The Irish Times reports that Dr Pershing said: “The US is of the view that we need a new agreement, to frame what comes next.
“This would call for all countries to take action, but the US and other developed countries would take additional action in line with their historical responsibility and capacity.”
Climate change talks took place at Bonn between June 1st and 12th in what was the 30th session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.