In a statement, the provincial government vowed to be “at the forefront of the country” and to be “a top student in carbon neutralization work to showcase a beautiful business card when exchanging views on climate change internationally.”
“By 2030, the island will have a complete ban on the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles,” the report said.
The statement says that by 2025, all newly purchased or replaced public vehicles will run on clean energy.
The statement outlined the tropical island’s carbon neutrality plan, which includes measures such as reducing coal use and developing renewable energy infrastructure, including wind, wave, solar, geothermal and nuclear power.
“The transport sector is the number one source of greenhouse gas emissions,” Margot Aage, chairman of the board of the International Council for Clean Transportation, told CNN. Electrifying the transport sector “will save many lives,” she added.
China’s carbon mystery
In September 2020, Chinese leader Xi Jinping announced that the country would become carbon neutral by 2060.
Xi even softened his tone on carbon emissions, suggesting that Chinese leaders understand the challenges their targets face.
“Carbon peak and carbon neutrality cannot be achieved overnight,” Xi said in an online speech at the World Economic Forum in January. “Through firm and steady steps, China will consistently reduce traditional energy in the process of finding a reliable replacement for new energy.”
However, even as the national government falters in its carbon emissions policy, the effects of climate change have become impossible to ignore as China battles record rainfall and relentless heat this summer.
The rainy season has broken records in parts of the country, with severe flooding and landslides across much of southern China causing dozens of deaths and the displacement of millions.
The country’s Yangtze River has partially dried up, affecting six provinces along a vital waterway and jeopardizing the water supply of tens of thousands of people.