EU carbon plan challenges AU and US
Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-01-30
The recent EU decision to determine carbon allowances between countries on a per-capita basis is sensible, equitable, and will put huge pressure on people in profligate states like Australia and the US.
It is worth noting that industry has welcomed these proposals.
Interestingly, they have tweaked it to not be a raw per-capita, but a per-capita GDP. In my lefty view this benefits those economies that do not depend on hyperactive money to boost their GDP – and is therefore slightly biased to socialized nations – no bad thing!
This approach (as discussed here, here and here) will be welcome by regions (like China and India) that might be populous and large emitters in absolute terms because of large populations, but where per-capita emissions are low.
This precedent by the EU will be pushed by developing nations in post-Kyoto negotiations. Australia and the US, the two worst per-capita emitters will be heavily pressured to accept per-capita emissions as the basis for negotiations. With any luck, refusal to accept per-capita metrics could lead Australia, the US, and similar vandals to be labelled as rogue states, or even "eco-terrorist" nations, and bear the brunt of strong economic sanctions until we mend our ways.
- This blog:
- Other Sources:
- Why new EU states can emit more (BBC 2008-01-23)
- EU to propose linking emissions rules to member states’ per capita GDP (LSE.co.uk 2008-01-15)
- EU emissions proposals: industry reaction (Guardian 2008-01-23)
- Graph of per-capita carbon across European countries (European Environment Agency, 2004)
- An EU plan to cut hot air (The Economist, 2008-01-23)
- Green Ambitions – Norway aims to become carbon neutral by 2030 (The Economist, 2008-01-21)
- Roll up, roll up, get your energy here (The Economist, 2008-01-17)