To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on decreasing that country's use of coal-fired power stations.
29 April 2021
The Foreign Secretary raised the importance of action and cooperation on climate change with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on 28 July 2020. As the UK looks forward to hosting COP26 in Glasgow later this year, COP President Designate Alok Sharma spoke with China's Energy Minister Zhang Jianhua on 30 October 2020, and on 5 February this year met virtually with China's Special Envoy for Climate Change Minister Xie Zhenhua. COP President Designate raised coal on both occasions. Officials regularly engage on energy and climate change with their Chinese counterparts.
We will continue calling on and working with China to deliver ambitious action to tackle climate change, both bilaterally and through international platforms. Following President Xi's commitment at the US Leaders' Summit on 22 April to reduce China's use of coal between 2026 and 2030, we will continue to engage with China to provide further details on how it will strictly control, and reduce, domestic coal consumption. Furthermore, to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement we must rapidly accelerate the global transition from coal to clean energy. In support of this we are working with China, as well as other financiers of international coal, through our COP26 energy transitions campaign in collaborating to make renewables more attractive than coal power every time.