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Climate Change

Asked what the best possible outcome could be expected from today’s G8 dialogue on climate change, the PMOS said that first and foremost this was the follow-up to Gleneagles. The reason for it was because Kyoto did not cover India and China, and as people knew the US didn’t agree with it. Yet if you looked at the potential threat to the environment these countries were as much a part of that as anyone else. That was why it was very important that we had the dialogue between the G8, China and India as well as Mexico, Brazil and South Africa. What had already been achieved since Gleneagles was an agreement between EU and China to capture and store Carbon Dioxide emissions. We had already funded new work to look into efficiency in buildings, appliances and transport and we had already begun dialogue with Latin America and China as to how we invested in low carbon strategies. This would be a genuine discussion today but what we were hoping for was agreement on when and how key technologies could be deployed and identifying strategies and roadmaps for key sectors such as the automobile industry and other technologies to reduce emissions. Already in the UK for instance were looking at options such introducing bio-fuels and raising the rate at which bio-fuels were used in petrol.

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