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China Puts Most Powerful Agency in Charge of Climate Policies

  • NDRC told to lead planning to reach peak carbon emissions
  • ‘Economic policies are climate policies now’: Greenpeace
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Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China’s top economic planning body has been put in charge of devising a plan for the world’s biggest polluter to cut greenhouse gas emissions, indicating that climate policies are gaining a more central role in the nation’s long-term development strategy.

The country’s top officials told the National Development and Reform Commission a few months ago to lead the drafting of a nationwide roadmap to reach peak carbon emissions, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named. A spokesperson said the NDRC now houses the office for a “small leading group” of officials working on China’s policies to zero out emissions.