EU-China Summit Dominated by Climate Change

logoeupresidency30 November 2009: The 12th EU-China Summit, held on 30 November 2009, in Nanjing, China, was dominated by discussions on climate change negotiations and cooperation. During the Summit, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao reiterated his country's commitment to reducing carbon dioxide intensity in the economy by 40 to 50% by the year 2020, stressing that China is still a developing country at a sensitive stage in its industrial development, and that its per capita emissions are still below that of developed countries.

In the resulting joint statement, EU and Chinese leaders support the view that climate change is one of the most important global challenges of our time, demanding urgent and cooperative action. They underline the need for substantially scaled-up financial support by developed countries and arrangements to promote technology transfer to developing countries as part of the Copenhagen outcome. They further agree to intensify policy dialogues and practical cooperation on climate change, including on renewable energy, energy efficiency, joint development, demonstration and transfer of climate-friendly technologies, sustainable urban development, capacity building and regional cooperation. The two sides also reaffirm the aim to develop and demonstrate, in China and in the EU member States, advanced near-zero emission power generation technology through carbon capture and storage (CCS). In connection with the summit, a Memorandum of Understanding on CCS between China and the EU was signed. [EU Presidency Press Release] [Joint statement]