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  • Mike Neuman
    US comes clean Publication date:08 August 2005 Some of the world s biggest producers of greenhouse gases have unveiled plans to cut emissions by exporting new
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      US comes clean
      Publication date:08 August 2005

      Some of the world's biggest producers of greenhouse gases have
      unveiled plans to cut emissions by exporting new technology rather
      than setting limits on their own industries.

      The US, Japan, Australia, India, China and South Korea announced the
      plans, which have been worked on secretly over the past year, at an
      event in Laos.

      They clear the way for the US and Australia in particular to export a
      variety of renewable energy and pollution-reducing technologies to
      developing countries, instead of cutting emissions themselves.

      Areas of special focus will include nanotechnologies, advanced
      biotechnologies and next-generation nuclear fission and fusion, the
      six partner countries said.

      They claimed it would allow the world to take action on climate
      change in a way that does not interfere with any individual country's
      economic growth.

      According to a White House bulletin, the deal will aim to build on
      existing co-operation between the six countries by promoting clean
      coal use, expanding nuclear power programmes, promoting energy
      efficiency and increasing the reliance on sources of energy other
      than fossil fuel.

      Partners in the project will also be expected to make progress in
      areas such as methane capture, advanced transportation and liquefied
      natural gas, as well as carbon capture and sequestration.

      The aim is to focus particularly on developing countries and
      encourage them to use new energy technologies. This means the deal
      will also encompass rural and village energy systems for developing
      countries as well as geothermal building and home construction and
      the use of renewable energy sources.

      The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate is a
      non-binding pact between the participating countries, which have
      described it as complementing the Kyoto Treaty - which the US would
      not ratify - rather than detracting from it.

      China described the treaty as a 'win-win' situation. However, the
      deal has been criticised by environmental pressure groups as being
      nothing more than a way for the US to safeguard its own trade in new
      technologies. They claimed that its voluntary nature will mean that
      it has little long-term effect on climate change.


      To view the article online, visit:
      http://www.theengineer.co.uk/Articles/291662/US+comes+clean.htm

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