08 Dec 2010 01:12:06
Cancun climate change summit 'will produce 25,000 tonnes of CO2'
Carbon emissions from the United Nations climate change summit in Cancun will total 25,000 tonnes, the Mexican government has revealed.
The two-week conference is being attended by representatives from 190 countries worldwide, including a large delegation from the UK.
Mexican officials said the 25,000 tonne figure - which is equal to emissions produced by a developing African nation such as Somalia over a two week period - had been calculated taking into account transport, energy usage and food.
The emissions are significantly higher than the 5,000 tonnes produced by the summit in Copenhagen last year, despite the event being smaller.
Some 45,000 delegates attended the 2009 summit compared to just 15,000 this year, although fewer of the officials were required to fly in.
Herando Guerrero, the chief of staff for the Minister of the Environment, was quoted by the Daily Telegraph as saying: "In Cancun it will be four or five times [the amount at Copenhagen] because we are considering everything."
Emissions from the summit are partly being offset through the planting of trees in other areas of Mexico.
A binding agreement on climate change is not expected to be made at Cancun, but Mexican officials have said some countries have been in talks over making specific emissions pledges, the Associated Press reported.