China plans carbon dioxide limit

China, the country that emits the most greenhouse gases, will set a cap on carbon dioxide pollution starting in 2016, a government official said Tuesday.

He Jiankun, chairman of China’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change, said the absolute carbon cap will be written into the next five-year plan, Reuters reported.


China’s carbon emissions have increased since 2005 and are now double the emissions of the United States, the world’s second largest carbon polluter.

Despite the carbon cap, China’s emissions are not likely to peak until 2030, when they’ll reach about 11 billion metric tons, compared with 2012’s 9.8 billion metric tons, He said, according to Reuters.

He’s announcement at a Beijing conference came the day after the United States proposed its first carbon emissions limits for power plants, which it expects to reduce emissions by about 30 percent by 2030.