Wednesday, October 19, 2005

UK vs high-growth energy economies and CO2

China's current rate of energy sector growth is equivalent to the whole of the UK's energy sector per year. What is the point, therefore, of a UK effort to reduce CO2 emissions if the focus is not on exporting technology and knowledge to China (and India)? The UK could switch off its entire CO2 production immediately, a goal far beyond the aspirations of the most ardent environmentalist, and merely shift the CO2 timeline by 12 months.

Instead, if they want to make a difference, the UK and others must concentrate on global technology and market solutions that the high-growth world will adopt.

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