Kerry: US, China to make joint announcement on quick way to cut greenhouse gases

The US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry says the United States and China will make a joint announcement at the upcoming COP28 climate talks on reducing greenhouse gas emissions much more rapidly.

Kerry spoke to NHK in San Francisco on Thursday, one day after attending the summit between President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

In their meeting, the two leaders agreed to step up cooperation and relaunch a working group that was set up to enhance climate actions in the 2020s.

Kerry described the meeting as "very constructive" and "very positive." He said, "I think everybody came out of there feeling like it was a good step forward."

Kerry also said, "We all need to be doing more, faster. China and the United States agreed on that."
He added, "not only will we be deploying more renewables, but we'll be working with respect to methane."

The COP28 UN climate conference is set to open in the United Arab Emirates on November 30.

Kerry suggested that the two countries will be jointly announcing plans at the COP28 meeting that will lead to reducing emissions, including those of methane.