China’s ability to rapidly deploy immense financial and human resources to tackle problems has often awed the world, but it is not clear if the Great Leap Forward approach will achieve all that has been promised in the field of carbon emissions.

The path to carbon neutrality has inspired a proliferation of local initiatives, but this seems to have given China a moment of doubt.

The central government recently sounded a warning to officials for setting unrealistic goals in what it calls "whirlwind campaigns" to promote their localised missions to reduce carbon footprints.