A UN Environment Programme (UNEP) official has hailed the Chinese government’s efforts to combat air pollution, local media reported on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
The director of corporate services at UNEP, Sonja Leighton-Kone, made the announcement at a welcome reception of Wu Peng as the 16th Chinese Ambassador to Kenya.
“China is cutting greenhouse gas emissions through increased use of renewable energy sources, such as solar power.
“China’s efforts to reduce air pollution over the last couple of decades is a testament to what can be achieved with an enormous investment of time, resources and political will,’’ Leighton-Kone said.
According to her, China is already a global leader in use of renewable energy in the world.
She added that understanding China’s air pollution story is crucial for any nation, district or municipality that wishes to follow a similar path.
“Cities around China are following suit and countries across the region and further afield are also looking to learn from China,” she added.
Leighton-Kone noted that there have been several initiatives in which UNEP has been able to partner with China, including the Green Economy Initiative and the International Coalition for Green Development on the Belt and Road.
According to the UN agency, air pollution exacerbates the current climate crisis.
“The main culprit being carbon dioxide from fossil fuels.
“But there are other more potent climate forcers, like methane, black carbon, ozone and hydrofluorocarbons.
“These have, however, threatened the wealth, security, and quality of life that we have grown accustomed to and want for our children,’’ Leighton-Kone stressed.