Beijing in Pledge to Spur Energy Efficiency

By Harvey Morris on September 23, 2009

China pledged yesterday to substantially improve the energy efficiency of its factories, homes and power plants in a bid to make headway in the stalled United Nations climate change talks.

But Hu Jintao, president of China, failed to set specific targets on emissions, disappointing other governments, which had been hoping for more.

"We will endeavour to cut carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by a notable margin by 2020 from the 2005 level," he told a meeting of more than 100 world leaders at the UN to discuss climate change, the last gathering before a conference in Copenhagen in December at which countries will attempt to forge a replacement for the Kyoto protocol.

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