China publishes first carbon inclusion report, promoting public participation in country’s carbon goals
Published: Feb 26, 2023 10:36 PM
The Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China holds a monthly press conference on October 27, 2022 photo: Shan Jie/GT

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China holds a monthly press conference on October 27, 2022 photo: Shan Jie/GT

Chinese environmental authorities on Saturday published the country's first report on carbon inclusion, which analyzed the current development of carbon inclusion and brought forward solutions for China to achieve its dual carbon goals and provide Chinese wisdom in the global process of tackling climate change.

The establishment of the carbon inclusive platforms and personal carbon accounts are expected to promote the formation of a green and low-carbon lifestyle, thereby promoting the green and low-carbon transformation on the consumption side in China, according to the "The review report on Development and practice of China's carbon inclusion" jointly published on Saturday by the Center for Education and Communication under Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the Green Inclusive company.

Carbon inclusion is an incentive mechanism that values green carbon reduction behavior of individuals, communities, and small and micro enterprises in the context of daily consumption. Under this mechanism, carbon reduction could be achieved through the low-carbon behavior of the public and small and micro enterprises as they can offset their own carbon emissions, participate in carbon trading, or be transformed into other more diverse incentives. 

Carbon inclusion has become an important way to reduce carbon emissions at the consumer end, as well as an important way to guide the public to participate in a green life and an important starting point for implementing China's goals of seeking to hit its carbon peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060.

In recent years, local governments and companies have launched dozens of carbon inclusion platforms of carbon accounts and seen achievements.

For instance, according to the report, during the Beijing2022 Winter Olympics, the organizing committee worked with several companies, such as Meituan and Baidu, attracting about 2.7 million people to participate in low-carbon behavior to reduce 30,000 tons of carbon emissions in total.

The report put forward suggestions and prospects for the government, enterprises, and social organizations to carry out carbon inclusion, urging them to further guide the public to adopt a low-carbon lifestyle and the construction of carbon inclusion platforms.