18 Nov 2009 08:11:30
Carbon peak is in the past, says Celsias
The peak of carbon emissions has been and gone, according to an environmental organisation.
Celsias, which was set up in 2006 to help companies tackle climate change, explained that reducing carbon emissions is not difficult and is in fact happening at an "amazing speed".
In a blog on cleantechies.com, the company used US carbon statistics to demonstrate progress in the battle against climate change.
Figures provided by the firm showed that during 2008, America's oil use fell by five percent, coal one percent and CO2 emissions three percent.
According to the US Department of Energy, 2009 will see the country's oil use decrease by a further five percent, coal ten percent and CO2, from burning fossil fuels, nine percent.
"In this new energy era carbon emissions are declining and they will likely continue to do so because of policies already on the books," a spokesperson said.
"We are headed in the right direction. We do not yet know how much we can cut carbon emissions because we are just beginning to make a serious effort. Whether we can move fast enough to avoid catastrophic climate change remains to be seen."
Toddington Harper, managing director of the Low Carbon Economy, expressed caution to these assumptions however stating that: "It is in fact much more likely that as carbon emissions so closely follow GDP the recession is much more likely to be the cause for emissions reductions in 2008 rather than policies... and if this is the case then when the economy picks up again so will carbon emissions.
"Furthermore is it dangerous especially at this time when leaders are preparing to assemble for the climate change talks in Copenhagen for anyone to release any vital pressure by assuring politicians (incorrectly in our view) that we are already on track and that the task is not difficult.
"As a final point conducting a study during a single year of 2008 is far too small a timeframe to create any meaningful data on which to draw conclusions."http://tiny.cc/sAcvQ