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26 Apr 2011 12:04:07

Imports offset CO2 cuts in developed nations

Imports offset CO2 cuts in developed nations
The increased CO2 emissions from imports have cancelled out the steps taken by developed nations to cut their carbon footprint, according to new research.

Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study explained some of the progress made towards developed nations cutting their CO2 emissions is due to an increase in imports from developing countries.

These emerging nations saw their CO2 emissions double in the period between 1990 and 2008, while more established countries saw their emissions stabilise. The study suggests international trade is a key factor in the transfer of CO2 emissions.

In 1990, CO2 produced as a result of traded goods and services accounted for 20 percent of global emissions. This increased to 26 percent in 2008.

Lead researcher Glen Peters, of the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, said emissions from international trade have "more than offset the emissions reductions achieved under the Kyoto Protocol".

"This suggests that the current focus on territorial emissions in a subset of countries may be ineffective at reducing global emissions without some mechanisms to monitor and report emissions from the production of imported goods and services," he added.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800511111-ADNFCR

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