China Plans to Announce Climate Summit Attendee in ‘Due Course’

Sep 04, 2014 5:04 am ET

Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, will announce “in due course” its representative to a United Nations summit on climate change this month, according to an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“China always actively supports and participates in international cooperation on climate change,” ministry spokesman Qin Gang said today at a regular briefing in Beijing. “China has been pursuing emission reduction and we have been making our contribution to the international campaign against climate change.”

The top leaders of China and India aren’t planning to attend the UN summit, according to two UN diplomats, who asked not to be identified discussing the leaders’ plans. Their absence would undercut the summit, although it may not be fatal for negotiations set to wrap up by the end of 2015.

The UN meeting on Sept. 23 will be a gathering of world leaders, business executives and environmentalists to discuss ways to tackle global warming, and how to mitigate its impact. The meeting will be followed by a negotiating session in Lima, Peru, in December, and one in Paris next year when leaders will seek to work out a new global agreement on cutting emissions.

China joined nations in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to meet the region’s goal of doubling the proportion of renewable energy in its energy mix by 2030 from 2010 levels, its National Energy Administration head, Wu Xinxiong, said on Sept. 2.