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Delegates from China and the states, the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, have promised to work together for climate change, Sky News has revealed. Officials from Beijing and Washington released a joint statement that marked the new steps taken by the two countries towards climate change.

In yesterday’s Sino-US joint statement, which emphasized that the 2020s are a “critical decade” for climate change, he said: “The United States and China welcome the significant efforts being made around the world to tackle the climate crisis.

“Nevertheless, they recognize that there is still a significant gap between such efforts, including their overall impact, and those that must be taken to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

“The two sides emphasize the crucial importance of closing that gap as soon as possible, in particular through increased efforts.

“They declare their intention to work individually, together with other countries during this crucial decade, in accordance with different national circumstances, to strengthen and accelerate climate action and cooperation aimed at bridging the gap, including accelerating the green and low-carbon transition and climate innovation. “

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It added that the two nations intend to work together on: “regulatory frameworks and environmental standards related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by the 2020s”, “maximizing the societal benefits of clean energy conversion”, “policies to encourage decarbonisation and electrification of end-use sectors ”,“ key areas related to the circular economy ”and“ exploitation of renewable resources ”, and also“ development and application of technologies such as CCUS and direct air capture ”.

In an attempt to reduce CO2 emissions, the declaration revealed that the United States has set a goal of reaching 100 percent carbon dioxide-free electricity by 2035 and that China will phase out coal consumption under the so-called 15-year plan.

The US climate envoy and one-time nominee for US President John Kerry, 77, spoke to reporters in Glasgow, saying it was not just an effort but an “imperative to cooperate”.

He added on Twitter how the declaration also promised to cut methane.

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According to data collected by the Rhodium Group, China emitted 27 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases in 2019 and the United States produced 11 percent the same year.

However, the announcement from Scotland’s largest city comes just days after the Guardian reported that a senior adviser to the Chinese delegation expressed critical concern about climate change commitments made at COP26.

Wang Yi said: “Based on our research, I can not see evidence that we can reach 1.9C.”

He added: “But whether we are now heading towards 1.9C or 2.7C, the main point is that we should focus on concrete measures.”