A paper released by Chinese and international climate experts in the Nature Communications journal shows China stands a chance of meeting its commitments to the Paris Accord. The development of its carbon trading market, existing policies and market reform within its energy sector have allowed for China to begin to gain control over its emissions.
If China, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, were able to curtail emissions, it would indicate the possibility of decoupling significant growth from emissions.
While China is still the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, achieving peak emissions would further solidify the nation's role as a global leader in the energy transition and the fight against climate change.
Reaching peak emissions is not the same as achieving the cuts necessary to avoid the devastating effects of climate change. However, with ambitious projects and tangible proposals lacking globally, China is setting a precedent for implementation and action.