China pledges high-tech support for climate, environmental issues

SHANGHAI, Nov 2 (Reuters) – China will seek high-tech solutions to solve its complex environmental challenges and use innovations in big data, biotechnology and artificial intelligence to tackle pollution, habitat loss and the climate change, she said Wednesday.

In a new action plan, the Chinese government said it would set up a “green technology innovation system” over the period 2021-2025 to tackle air, soil and groundwater pollution. , reduce waste and protect ecosystems, noting that current technologies were not mature enough to meet the country’s long-term needs.

The system will be supported by tax incentives and new “green technology banks”, and China will also encourage companies and financial institutions to further support innovative green technologies, according to the plan.

The new plan is designed to help the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases meet its goals of peaking emissions by 2030 and becoming “carbon neutral” by 2060. China has reduced its CO2 emissions by one-third per unit of economic growth over the past decade, but overall volumes continue to rise.

The high-tech plan emerged days before the start of a new round of global climate talks in Egypt, with Chinese officials expected to focus on persuading industrialized countries to provide a long-awaited $100 billion annual fund. to help poorer countries adapt to rising temperatures. Read more

The plan promised to “systematically deploy science and technology” to solve a wide range of environmental problems, improve its ability to assess the impact of rising temperatures in vulnerable regions and monitor new sources of pollution, harmful chemicals and drug-resistant bacteria.

He also reiterated his commitment to carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology to prevent greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. He promised more research to support large-scale demonstration projects and the use of aquifers and oil-bearing formations to contain sequestered CO2.

The government will also support research into “deep decarbonisation technologies” in various industrial sectors, including steel, cement, thermal power and agriculture, he said.

The plan, released by the Ministry of Science and Technology and other government departments, also called for more international climate and environmental cooperation, including with the United States.

Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by Michael Perry

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