International NGOs reaction to China’s INDC release

The Climate Group

Acknowledging China’s INDC policy as a “positive boost to the ongoing international climate change process'”. Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group, delivers a reminder that there are‘two sides to a coin’. Elaborating that as the largest contributor to global emissions China has the biggest reasonability to cut down and build a healthier future on clean energy. Although, Mark reaffirms his positive outlook on China’s progress and commitment to the shift, viewing China as a leader to other developing countries.

Greenpeace International

Greenpeace released their statement on China’s INDC pledge, viewing it as an important step in the right direction and an integral part to fixing the climate problem. However, they have also taken the stance that “China’s commitment does not go far enough”and that together with the US and EU larger reductions are needed to keep global temperatures from rising.

Natural Resources Defense Council

NRDC has taken the stance on China’s INDC pledge from a very analytical and numbers based approach. Concluding that “China is making significant contributions comparable to that of leading developed countries”, viewing the initiative very optimistically. In addition to the positive flow on effect it will have on other developed and developing countries to improve their submissions.

Climate Action Network (CAN)

CAN had a general consensus that China’s efforts were a milestone in the country’s position on climate change, moving towards the offensive and taking on an active role. CAN member Samantha Smith stated “China has made commitments beyond its responsibility as a developing country”, demonstrating its pledge to low carbon energy and reducing emissions.

Third Genration Environmentalism

CEO and Director of E3G, Nick Mabey, noted that China’s commitment to reach peak emissions by 2030 plays a crucial role in climate change and cements the countries position as a global leader in renewable energy. However, believes China “can do more”and must “integrate climate change actions into its ambitious development and economic reforms”.

World Resource Institute (WRI)

Jennifer Morgan, Global Climate Director of WRI, issued a statement saying “this commitment will benefit China and represents a serious and credible contribution to tackle climate change”. The announcement continued by addressing that the set target will not be easy to meet, however, will greatly benefit the air pollution problems and exhibits tenacity to decarbonise the energy sources.

International Media reaction to China’s INDC release

‘China makes carbon pledge ahead of Paris climate change summit

– Duggan, J., The Guardian, UK

British centre-left national newspaper The Guardian speaks positively about Chinas INDC report stating the potential China has to go beyond the already optimistic baseline targets set for itself, quoting encouraging statements from E3G and more importantly; Greenpeace, who state that China is taking affirmative action to reduce current toxic air pollution levels, implying a progressive governmental stance. However the article reminds the reader of the sheer level of total emissions output to date through stating China is near to equaling U.S. cumulative historic emissions, providing a balanced and informed read.


‘China pledges to slash emissions’

– Shimbun, T., Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan

Japan’s centre-right and largest national newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, gives some credit to Chinas INDC report but there is a continued sense of hostility throughout, with the writer undermining China on their lack of peak emission commitment, statement on needing to ‘burn more fossil fuels to end poverty’, pushing responsibility onto developed nations rather than itself, and reiterating multiple times how China is the largest polluter on the planet. General anti-Chinese read considering the level of praise from other national news outlets.


‘China’s new climate change plan — in four graphs’

– Deyner, S., The Washington Post, USA

The U.S. Capital’s centre-left regional newspaper The Washington Post, takes an opinionated approach in reviewing Chinas INDC report breaking it down into four authorial interpretations, accompanied by emissions/energy graphs for illustration. Cautious optimism is the consensus in this balanced report, stating that even though this INDC is more of a formality following the plan announced by Xi last year and that emissions will still actually rise following the targets set; on the whole it’s a good start from China and the progress already demonstrated has a very good chance of improving exponentially.


‘China vows to curb carbon emissions by 2030’

– Dasgupta, G., The Times of India, India

India’s right wing best-selling English newspaper The Times of India, issued a brief article reacting to the INDC release without any feel of bias, providing some key facts and figures, and focusing on the challenge now set for India and their own INDC, and in particular the issue of reducing reliance on coal.


‘Global warming: China intensifies carbon reduction and reaffirms 2030 emissions target’

– Wen, P., Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Eastern Australia’s centre-left newspaper The S.M.H., is largely positive in its coverage of the Chinese INDC report, with specific mention of Chinas ever-decreasing levels of coal consumption, further reinforced by abundant quotations from Greenpeace China voicing their resounding support and enthusiasm. A sentiment of national self-deprecation is felt as the author mentions Australia’s own lack of ambition regarding climate change targets, implying some disdain felt by the journalist for the current government.


‘China climate change plan unveiled’

– Briggs, H., BBC News, UK

The largest and politically impartial news broadcaster in the UK, BBC News, responds to the INDC release by China with a predictably factual and well-adjusted report, combining important figures and targets committed to in the report, positive quotes from Greenpeace and WWF, credit for a more progressive attitude, and realistic statements about the continued use of fossil fuels regardless of Chinas set goals.