Friday, 9 December 2011

By: Neil Ritchie, Local Business Unit Manager, LV Drives at ABB

So, 193 countries are in the process of meeting in Durban in order to broker some sort of deal on climate change. Sounds great, however this is the 17th time this annual event has been organised and on nearly every occasion, very little seems to happen.

The problem is that many of the larger, more powerful industrial nations such as China, USA, India and Brazil view such a deal as something that will restrict their growth and are likely to oppose any kind of agreement that will have a significant impact on how they do business.

Since these four countries account for nearly 50 percent of greenhouse gases, getting them to agree a reduction in output is to say the least…difficult. 

The rest of the world understands the urgency of the matter and the vast majority of other nations, including the EU are pushing for a new legally-binding agreement. However, whether or not the other four are willing to shoulder their responsibility remains to be seen.

With only a couple of days to go before the talks conclude, I hope they break the deadlock and set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets, but I won’t be holding my breath.

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