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Emissions peak in industry by 2029 at the latest

China aims to peak carbon emissions in the industrial sector between 2026 and 2029. This was revealed in a newly published plan by the Ministry of Industry and Environment and central planning authorities, wrote China expert Lauri Myllyvirta of the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air on Twitter on Tuesday. However, the plan does not include concrete and measurable targets. The new plans, however, fall short of earlier drafts, which, for example, had set the emissions peak for the steel and concrete sectors as early as 2025. At least the new document confirms that there will be specific plans for peaks in the four major energy-intensive sectors of steel, construction materials, chemicals and non-ferrous metals: “These could still set firmer targets.”

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