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A senior Chinese advisor has said that the country should not be expected to reduce it’s greenhouse gas emissions because this would compromise it’s economic growth. Speaking at the launch of a new report on China’s prospects for low carbon growth, Dai Yande, the Deputy Chief of the Energy Research Institute made it clear that developing nations should not be forced to compromise economic growth because of climate change targets. With the Copenhagen UN summit on climate change fast approaching, China is clearly signalling that it is the developed world that needs to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gas emissions – as it is nations like the USA, members the European Economic Community, Japan and Australia who consume 80% of the world’s resources and create 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. A co-author of the Report, Professor He Jiankum said that China faced huge obstacles in moving to a low carbon future because it was still developing – and said that “there are a huge number of cities to be built. They will consume a large amount of steel and cement. This means that emissions will not be reduced for some time”. With massive investments needed for sustainable power sources such as solar and wind power, current projections show that China will increase greenhouse gas emissions to a peak some time in 2030-2035.
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By Ben Webster – The Times 18th Septenber 2009[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]