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Expectations Low for China in Upcoming Climate Conference

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Published on Oct 19, 2011

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With the Kyoto Protocol expiring at the end of 2012, leaders from 139 countries are expected to gather for an international climate conference in Durban, South Africa. However, little progress is expected from the world's number one carbon emitter, China.

On Tuesday, the director general of Climate Action announced the EU expected no big changes at the upcoming climate change conference, set to take place in South Africa next month.

General of Climate Action director Jos Delbeke participated in two days worth of meetings in China, ahead of the summit.

[Jos Delbeke, Director General, Climate Action]:
"So I'm very confident that also at Durban, on very important issues we will be able to make a next step. But I think if people are expecting a big bang, that's not in the cards, and that's not what anybody is expecting."

China is in contention with EU plans to make airlines pay for their carbon emission rates, and Delbeke's visit failed to resolve the issue.

The UN has been organizing climate change negotiations for nearly two decades, but no binding agreements have resulted from them.

The world's two biggest carbon emitters, the United States and China, have so far never signed any mandatory emissions caps. Carbon emission hit a record high in 2010, owing largely to China's coal-reliant economy.

Little progress is expected from China in terms of green improvements at the upcoming conference.

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