Special Report: Global Financial Crisis
Special Report: Fight against Global Warming
BEIJING, March 25 (Xinhua) -- The current global
economic crisis will only have a limited impact on global efforts to clinch a
climate deal in Copenhagen, said Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UN
Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) said.
"Many pundits have been warning that the current
economic woes could throw efforts to combat climate change off track," de Boer
told Xinhua in an interview on Tuesday.
"It is true that due to the recession, there is less
capital available on the market for large-scale renewable energy projects," de
But the impact would be limited as many countries
including China and the United States see it as an opportunity to change course
and strive to green their economies, said de Boer.
China has unveiled a 584-billion-U.S.-dollars
stimulus package, up to 40 percent of which would be used to help bolster
conservation, environmental protection, and renewable energy, de Boer said,
noting that the country is shutting down many highly polluting small and
U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged some 150
billion dollars to create five million new "green" jobs in the next 10 years,
the executive secretary said, adding that the new U.S. administration is not
only committed to taking action against climate change domestically but is also
strongly reengaging in international negotiations.
Besides, the 27-member European Union has agreed to
slash greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels by 2020, while
developing nations including Brazil and Mexico have also unveiled strategic
measures to tackle climate change, which would contribute positively to the
climate change negotiations, de Boer said.
Developed nations are historically responsible for
the current levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and have the highest
per capita emissions, so the upcoming climate deal should set for them a clear
emission reduction target, de Boer said.
Developing nations are also keys to reaching
agreement in Copenhagen and they should undertake appropriate mitigation actions
after receiving necessary economic and technological support, he added.
"A key challenge of Copenhagen will be to ensure that
the deal is equitable for the all," de Boer said.