Bloomberg News 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. The NDRC had been in charge of China’s climate policies until 2018, when the government transferred its climate change department and related responsibilities to the organization now known as the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, or MEE. The latest move essentially reverses […]