Sunday, November 29, 2009

Copenhagen figures

I've been pulling some figures together from articles in The Guardian and The Edmonton Journal this week.

The USA is offering a 20% cut in emissions from its 2005 level by 2020.
The EU is committed to a 20% on 1990 levels by 2020.
Canada is offering 20% on 2006 levels.

Using the 1990 baseline this amounts to
USA - a 4% cut by 2020
EU - a 20% cut by 2020
But, Canada - an 8% increase by 2020.

However, using a 2007 baseline Bryony Worthington works out that the USA is offering more than the EU:
USA - 17.3%
EU - -11.7%
And by comparison Canada is offering slightly more than the USA at around - 20% (the last emissions data I can find is for 2006).

Confusing or what? Of course, figures mean nothing on their own. What Canada most notably lacks is any credible road map for achieving emissions reductions, while it still intends to develop the full potential of its tar-sands, which were the reason it had to renege on Kyoto in the first place.

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