Policy status:In Force
Jurisdiction:International, National
Date Effective:2010
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy

The 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in Copenhagen in December 2009. The conference resulted in the Copenhagen Accord, which included the long-term goal of limiting the maximum global average temperature increase by no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The Copenhagen Accord includes non-biding commitments of Annex I Parties to implement individually or jointly the quantified economy-wide emissions targets for 2020. It also includes mitigation actions pledges made by non-Annex I Parties. Nevertheless, these commitments as well as any others provisions of the Accord do not have any legal standing within the UNFCCC process.

China, a non-Annex I Party to the UNFCCC, communicated to the UNFCCC Secretariat that it will endeavor to:

  • lower its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 40-45% by 2020 compared to the 2005 level;
  • increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 15% by 2020; and
  • increase forest coverage by 40 million hectares and forest stock volume by 1.3 billion cubic meters by 2020 from the 2005 levels.

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