U.N. climate chief Christina Figueres said Thursday that China “is going to leave us all in the dust” if Western countries don’t begin to act on climate change, AP reports.
Figueres said the Chinese “are not doing it just because they want to save the planet. They are doing it because it’s good for the economy.”
European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard called for U.S. businesses to change their perspective on energy efficiency, saying they should realize that “it’s bad business to not be among the front-runners” in the race for a green global economy.
The annual conference is held in a mountain resort in Graubünden, in the the eastern Alps region of Switzerland.