A man cleans a canal in Shanghai on September 24, 2020. Chinese President Xi Jinping, addressing the UN General Assembly on September 22, 2020, announced plans to boost China’s Paris climate accord target by achieving carbon neutrality before 2060. Photo: EPA-EFE A man cleans a canal in Shanghai on September 24, 2020. Chinese President Xi Jinping, addressing the UN General Assembly on September 22, 2020, announced plans to boost China’s Paris climate accord target by achieving carbon neutrality before 2060. Photo: EPA-EFE
A man cleans a canal in Shanghai on September 24, 2020. Chinese President Xi Jinping, addressing the UN General Assembly on September 22, 2020, announced plans to boost China’s Paris climate accord target by achieving carbon neutrality before 2060. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Li Fang

Why cities will be the main battleground in China’s quest for carbon neutrality

  • Green, low-carbon and healthy cities, expected to house 80 per cent of China’s population by 2050, can act as an engine of, rather than a brake on, the country’s high-quality development

A man cleans a canal in Shanghai on September 24, 2020. Chinese President Xi Jinping, addressing the UN General Assembly on September 22, 2020, announced plans to boost China’s Paris climate accord target by achieving carbon neutrality before 2060. Photo: EPA-EFE A man cleans a canal in Shanghai on September 24, 2020. Chinese President Xi Jinping, addressing the UN General Assembly on September 22, 2020, announced plans to boost China’s Paris climate accord target by achieving carbon neutrality before 2060. Photo: EPA-EFE
A man cleans a canal in Shanghai on September 24, 2020. Chinese President Xi Jinping, addressing the UN General Assembly on September 22, 2020, announced plans to boost China’s Paris climate accord target by achieving carbon neutrality before 2060. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Li Fang

Li Fang

Dr Li Fang is chief representative in the Beijing Representative Office of the World Resources Institute China.