Aerial photo taken on Aug. 2, 2017 shows the Red Beach scenic area in Panjin, northeast China's Liaoning Province. (Xinhua)

Highlights of China’s climate commitment over five years

China has made solemn promises to the world and kept them in response to climate change, pursuing greener development in the span ofthe 13th Five-Year Plan.

Here are some facts and figures about the country’s green efforts from 2016 to 2020:

— Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per unit of the gross domestic product fell by 18.2 percent by the end of last year from 2015, completing ahead of schedule the target set over the five years.

— Non-fossil fuels accounted for 15.3 percent of the country’s energy consumption by the end of last year, fulfilling in advance China’s promise to the global community meant for 2020.

— Energy consumption per unit of industrial output by China’s designated large enterprises in 2019 dropped by over 15 percent from 2015, which translates to about 400 billion yuan (about 59.9 billion U.S. dollars) in saved costs.

Aerial photo taken on Nov. 10, 2018 shows an electric bus driving into a bus terminal in Taixing, east China’s Jiangsu Province. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)

— Boasting the world’s largest inventory of new energy vehicles (NEVs), China accounts for 55 percent of global NEV sales.

— The installed capacity of renewable energy sources has been growing by an average annual rate of 12 percent since 2016, with new energy sources like wind and solar power taking up over half of the total installed capacity of renewable energy sources.

— Cities across China joined a concerted national approach to fight climate change. A total of 81 cities in six provincial-level regions have piloted the construction of low-carbon metropolises.

— China has been a staunch upholder of the Paris Agreement and an active player in global cooperation on climate change. It has vowed to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.

Swans fly over the Swan Lake National Urban Wetland Park in Sanmenxia, central China’s Henan Province, Nov. 14, 2019. (Xinhua/Hao Yuan)
Villagers carrying hoes walk on paddy fields in Youyang Tujia and Miao Autonomous County in southwest China’s Chongqing, May 15, 2020. (Photo by Chen Bisheng/Xinhua)
A tramcar runs past begonia flowers in Suzhou, east China’s Jiangsu Province, March 28, 2018. (Photo by Xu Zhiqiang/Xinhua)