2021’s most important climate plan is about to land in Beijing on the 5th of March. Presented at the National People’s Congress, The 14th Five Year Plan National Economic and Social Development outlines the world’s top emitter’s social and economic development priorities for the next cycle. Here is a comprehensive list of articles that explain why the next 5YP is a critical element of global climate diplomacy.

Xi Jingping has recently announced China’s 2060 carbon neutrality goal at the UNGA 75.

Full text: Xi Jinping's speech at the General Debate of the 75th session of the United Nations ...
Full text of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Tuesday speech at the annual General Debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

China’s climate target remains highly insufficient according to Climate Action Tracker.

and bad news: Despite the recent 2060 net-zero target, China still plans to open new coal plants.

Good News: this recent study shows carbon neutrality by 2060 is still possible. Here are the possible decarbonisation pathways.

Carbon Brief shows how China can achieve its carbon neutrality goal

Influential academics reveal how China can achieve its ‘carbon neutrality’ goal
China’s electricity system would need to reach net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 if the country is to meet its recently announced target of “carbon neutrality” before 2060.

China Dialogue explains the energy targets worth watching in the next 5YP.

Climate and energy in China’s 14th Five Year Plan – the signals so far - China Dialogue
Drafting of the 14th Five Year Plan for development is at a crucial stage. What climate and energy targets are worth watching?

The IEA also emphasised that China’s 14th five-year plan is critical for the global clean energy transition.

China’s net-zero ambitions: the next Five-Year Plan will be critical for an accelerated energy ...
China’s net-zero ambitions: the next Five-Year Plan will be critical for an accelerated energy transition - A commentary by Laszlo Varro, An Fengquan