Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 18

European chemistry for improved climate protection

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 aprile 2010

Cefic is now launching a new information campaign on the everyday life solutions European chemistry provides for improved climate protection. Based on new data, these practical tools are being promoted to answer fears of failure of the next climate change negotiations in Copenhagen and scientists who claim we must change our way of living.  Next December, a United Nations conference (COP 15) will try to reach an agreement in Copenhagen on how to manage climate change issues and to limit our greenhouse gas emissions for the period starting in 2012. Different criticisms have been heard in the media about the G8 leaders’ very timid commitments at their summit in l’Aquila (last July). In the meantime, several scientists have expressed fears that the target of limiting global temperature increases to 2°C would be hard to reach and even if that were the case you could not be sure it would be enough to manage climate change issues.  It is not up to the European Chemical industry to question such scientific concerns. It is however up to this industry to provide solutions based on sound data to meet the needs of society facing the demand for a more sustainable future.  This is why Cefic is now launching a new information campaign on the reduction of greenhouse gases. It follows the data-based approach set out in the recently published Innovations for Greenhouse Gas Reductions report – a report made on behalf of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) with the support of McKinsey & Company and scientifically validated by the independent German scientific NGO Öko Institut.  The new report, to which Cefic contributed with its counterparts from Japan and the USA, details where the main greenhouse gas emissions are and what are the most effective solutions to curb these. It shows we have to use innovative solutions if we really want to achieve a low carbon economy. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), current global greenhouse gas emissions are between three and four times the earth’s natural absorption rate of CO2, reaching 46 giga tons of CO2 equivalent in 2005. To stabilize the greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere, it is necessary to change the way society behaves while strengthening the economy with greater and more sustainable competitiveness. The chemical industry has not been standing idly by. As the ICCA report shows, in a world without chemical solutions, greenhouse gas emissions would have been 11% higher in 2005 because consumers would have chosen alternative products that emit more. This means that the current solutions proposed by the chemical industry are already having a positive effect on greenhouse gas mitigation policy. Disseminating more such solutions will secure further reductions.


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