Could Low Carbon Technology Become a Global Energy Target?
The former head of the climate change committee at the United Nations insists that low carbon technologies should be a global focus in tackling climate change. Yvo de Boer has spoken of his dismay at the lack of unity in tackling carbon emissions worldwide. He believes that too much of the discussion focuses on the polarising issues of the science and politics behind climate change, marginalising valid debate about using and developing technology such as wind and solar power to bring down global emission levels.
Gary Brandwood of energy saving specialists Perfect Sense Energy echoed the concerns of Mr de Boer. He believes that valuable time is being lost to bickering and point-scoring in the ‘great climate debate’: “It’s become really clear that too much politicisation of the climate polemic has led to a burying of key facets of the overall climate picture. What was really interesting was to see Mr de Boer bring back to the table incentives that can encourage countries to become active players in the fight to bring down carbon related pollution.”
“By getting finance sources – such as pension fund investments – to look at the long-term value of putting money behind low carbon technologies like solar and wind, the cost of these technologies comes down. Working globally to make sure that carbon-saving opportunities come to light is vital as well. Too often we see the debate come down to a kind of shouting match which neglects the myriad options already available for countries to make vital energy savings.”
“Obviously, for a global response to unite behind low carbon technologies, cost will prove the determining factor. What we have seen encouragingly is the increasingly influential presence of private sector enterprises leading on implementing greener environmental processes. When the business world looks in on itself and begins to self-regulate on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon use in general, then we know we are moving in the right direction. Mr de Boer’s point stands though: the general climate debate is still mired in the pseudo-scientific political sphere. We need to get back to the verifiable facts: which are that low carbon technologies exist, they bring down emission levels, and save companies money in the long-term in pure energy savings.”