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British ambassador to China, tackling
climate change is compatible with economic recovery - 7 Feb 09
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|Britain's ambassador to China said
Friday that "tackling climate change is compatible with economic
The ambassador's comments come in the wake of the meeting earlier
this week in London between Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and British
Prime Minister Gordon Brown, at which they discussed environmental
issues and plans for economic recovery.
Britain's ambassador William Ehrman wrote in an article entitled
'Why tackling climate change is an economic opportunity':"The
perceived conflict between protecting economic growth (and jobs) and
protecting the environment is being revealed as false."
"Through high-level meetings like the one that took place in London
this week, and through the political statements emerging in the
U.S., Europe, China and elsewhere, we are seeing the beginnings of
an important shift, " said Ehrman, "We are learningthat tackling
climate change is not merely compatible with economic recovery: it
can actually help to unlock incentives for investment that will
accelerate a global recovery and ease our dependence on oil."
According to Ehrman, when Premier Wen and Prime Minister Brownmet in
London, they agreed on the importance of openness to free trade and
co-ordinated macroeconomic policy responses to stimulate recovery,
and used the occasion to reaffirm their commitment to tackling
climate change through low carbon development in spite of the
economic downturn."And that too is significant." Ehrman said.
"Tackling climate change will require leadership from all major
countries in the world, but those countries that move first will be
best placed to take full advantage of tomorrow's global economy.
Many have already begun to respond."
"President Obama's Green Jobs package sets out new policies to put
the U.S.A. on a low carbon path; the EU has already set ambitious
targets to reduce our emissions by 60 percent by 2050, with the U.K.
committing to do more."
"China too is taking a lead by announcing far reaching reforms to
energy pricing policy as well as the inclusion of new money to
promote energy efficiency in the fiscal stimulus package," stressed
Ehrman in the article.
"Through all these interventions, the form of a sustainable,
resilient recovery is becoming clear and its shape is low carbon,
with an emphasis on major investment in energy efficiency, a
fundamental shift towards renewables and nuclear power, a
re-engineering of electricity grids to enable dynamic demand and
supply, accelerated roll out of low carbon transport, increased
research and development into new energy technologies, and up-graded
investment in apprenticeships and science and engineering training
programmes to ensure we have the skilled workforce that the low
carbon economy will need," said Ehrman.
"Though a good beginning, these are just first steps," said Ehrman,
the most recent scientific evidence presented a worsening picture of
the sensitivity of the global climate to carbon emissions.
"In order to avert disaster we must, each one of us, redouble our
effort," Ehrman stressed, "the U.K. will continue to work with China
to achieve this and I am confident that through the collective
action of governments, business, and of societies across the world,
we can address this challenge."
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Xinhua News Agency