Carbon Reduction Urged By US President

At the Copenhagen conference yesterday, US President Barack Obama pressed world leaders to break barriers regarding climate change, despite the US having been accused by many nations of lacking ambition.
President Obama outlined the threats the world is facing, as he warned of dramatic consequences if nothing is done to inhibit the progression of climate change. Obama hopes for Congress' support in order to carry out his intention to propose US carbon emissions cuts.

Setting carbon reduction targets implies that the US, like the rest of the world, needs to implement carbon cutting measures in the sectors that are mostly contributing to polluting the planet - businesses account for 30% of the world's carbon emissions.

In order to reduce the emissions of businesses, energy saving solutions are necessary and are the most cost-effective way of reaching the targets set.

Businesses can install new energy efficient products for lighting, air conditioning, motors and refrigeration and save both energy and money by doing so. The energy savings equate to reducing the business' carbon footprint, which actively participates in meeting the carbon reduction standards that need to be set in order to curb climate change.

So far, carbon reduction targets have not been clearly adopted by the US, as no details of a compromise has yet been offered by the Senate. They do, however, consider a greenhouse gases reduction target of 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 to be "achievable and reasonable".

The Copenhagen climate summit aims to deliver a more stringent climate pact to expand or replace its predecessor, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, as from 2013. Unfortunately, issues have arisen to slow the process of agreement down - which countries are most responsible, or should cut their emissions more than the others, and most importantly, which country should pay.

The discussion's outcome is expected to be an initial fund of about $10 billion/year until 2012 to help poor nations combat climate change and make their economies more environmentally friendly.

However, developing nations believe that the carbon cuts promised by richer countries are too low, particularly for the US.

Friday 11th December 2009

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