Independent candidate for Wentworth Allegra Spender has praised China’s action on climate change as “incredible” – despite the nation recording a drastic increase in carbon emissions in 2021.
While China has committed to a carbon neutrality target by 2060, its recorded carbon emissions growth from last year more than doubled the annual increase of previous years.
Despite this, Ms Spender used China as an example of a forward-leaning climate policy when pressed by Sky News host Chris Kenny on the topic.
“China has put in last year, in one year, put in more offshore wind than the whole world put together in the last five years,” she told Mr Kenny.
“China, for example, all their electricity companies by 2025 have to get to 50 per cent renewable.
“They are making huge transitions – they don’t want to be dependent on our coal, they don’t want to be dependent on our gas, they are seeking their own ways to decarbonise.”