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Cancun to offer new climate goals

Global Times

A year after the Copenhagen summit brought world leaders together to try to forge a global agreement on climate change, a new round of tough negotiations is expected in early December at a United Nations meeting.

The Danish ambassador to China, Friis Arne Petersen, told the Global Times on Friday that, like the Copenhagen summit, the upcoming meeting in Cancun may result in more agreements on complex global issues.

"We are building up so-called tacit agreements on different big subjects, so that the Cancun meeting, hopefully, can allow us to agree on new building blocks. In Cancun, as far as I know, there should be a fast track to financing," Peterson said, adding that "other important elements are close to agreement."

The European Union leaders agreed Friday to stand ready with an ambitious approach in regard to emissions, but they also urged other major emitters to take responsibilities, Reuters reported.

Peterson also pointed out that China and the US need to take additional measures in fighting climate change, along with the EU.

"Despite of historical background, the three economies have the biggest emissions of carbon dioxide. Therefore, we have to apply the most discipline to reduce it if we really want to find solutions, agree on them, and put them into practice," the ambassador said.

Speaking to his understanding of the gap between developing and developed countries, Petersen said it is crucial for different countries to find a good compromise to balance their interests.

Impressed by many of China's efforts to cut pollution, Peterson said, "Energy and environmental polices have really come to the forefront of Chinese policy considerations in the last four or five years," adding that it will be exciting to see how China delivers on its scientific policy objectives.

"China can really use the experience of the West in a Chinese way that is acceptable and attractive for China," Peterson said.

Seeing the environmental problems that were created in Germany and the US after intensive industrialization in the 20th century, Denmark started to focus on creating a better climate and on energy efficiency 40 years ago. Denmark is now rated the world's cleanest technological country.

Denmark is trying to gradually transform power plants in major cities from coal-fueled to biomass-fuel based ones.

However, Katherine Richardson, chairman of the Danish Climate Committee, remains skeptical.

"The short-term replacement of coal with biomass fuel is feasible. However, in the long run, biomass fuel is too expensive," she told Danish media last month.

Also, Vestas, the world's largest manufacturer of wind turbines, is expecting to lay off around 3,000 employees, according to a statement the company sent to the Global Times.

However, Peterson doesn't expect the clean-energy industry to stop growing, as technological breakthroughs are always being made.

He said two Danish companies, Novozymes and Danisco, are working on a way to transfer ordinary biomass, not just corn, for human consumptions.

Novozymes is currently developing its second-generation biofuel from agricultural residue, in partnership with China's largest oils-and-food importer and exporter, COFCO, and Sinopec.

A Vestas spokesman also told the Global Times that although the company is cutting jobs in Europe due to cost concerns, "Vestas remains confident toward the Chinese market and the future development of the industry."

El contenido de las noticias que se presentan en esta sección es responsabilidad directa de las agencias emisoras de noticias y no necesariamente reflejan la posición del Gobierno de México en este u otros temas relacionados.


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