Climate Change Talks Hinge on “Green Growth,” says De Boer
As global climate negotiations open in Cancun, Mexico, former United Nations climate chief Yvo de Boer focuses on the role of business.
Businesses and governments have begun to look at this issue through a much broader lens. They’re not seeing climate change as a stand-alone issue, but are linking it very much to issues of soaring energy prices, heightened energy security risks, and raw material scarcity in the face of a growing global population.
Even if you take climate change out of the equation, the response to these trends cannot alter much. President Obama’s economic recovery package reflects the desire to change the direction of economic growth to deal with climate change, and the green growth stimulus packages of China and Korea give me the clearest signal of what is to come.
In other words, a broader international agenda is beginning to be aligned,