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CO2-compensatie is boerenbedrog en brengt het klimaat zelfs ernstige schade toe

Geschreven op 2-6-2009 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Klimaat Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

friends-of-the-earth.bmpNou, dat verbaasd mij totaal niet. Al lang geleden verscheen op Anders Bekeken het eerste artikel over het compenseren van CO2-uitstoot: Nooit meer compenseren ! en wie herinnert zich niet de ophef toen CO2-compensatie volksverlakkerij werd genoemd, zie It’s an Illusion – Klimaatneutraal en CO2 compensatie volksverlakkerij !

De milieuorganisatie Friends of the Earth heeft een rapport uitgebracht waarmee men het bewezen acht dat CO2-compensatie boerenbedrog is. Het brengt het klimaat zelfs ernstige schade toe.  

Persbericht Friends of the Earth
Government’s carbon offsetting plans exposed as con 
Dangerous climate change will be unavoidable if the UK, EU and USA succeed in increasing the use of carbon offsetting, Friends of the Earth is warning in a new report released today that exposes carbon offsetting as ineffective and damaging.

The report, ‘A dangerous distraction. Why offsetting is failing the climate and people: the evidence’  (PDF) released to mark the launch of Friends of the Earth’s Demand Climate Change Campaign for a strong and fair global climate agreement at UN talks – which resume in Bonn next week and culminate in Copenhagen in December – exposes carbon offsetting as a con which is failing to reduce, and in some cases is even increasing, carbon emissions. The Government is actively promoting the increased use of offsetting at the UN climate talks, including proposing a plan to carbon offset by buying up forests – which will not stop deforestation and will cause significant social harm to the people that rely on them.

Friends of the Earth believes world leaders must change the way we tackle global warming if we are to avoid climate catastrophe. The green campaign group is urging people to join its Demand Climate Change campaign by signing an international petition to call for an end to the carbon offsetting con and put pressure on world leaders for real action. Friends of the Earth wants a commitment from rich countries to cut their carbon emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2020 – through real change at home, not by buying offsets from abroad – and earmark new money for developing countries to adapt to the effects of climate change and grow their economies using clean technology.

Andy Atkins, Executive Director at Friends of the Earth said: “Western governments are cheating us all by plotting to expand carbon offsetting at the UN climate talks – which means avoiding real action through dodgy accounting instead of taking bold action to tackle the climate crisis. “Carbon offsetting is doing nothing to combat climate change, is putting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people at risk and is entrenching inequality between rich and developing countries’ levels of emissions.
“And offsetting is cheating Britons out of the new jobs and industries which investing in green technologies at home would bring.
“Gordon Brown must push for rich countries to deliver on their historic responsibility to cut their emissions first and fast and pay up for their fair share of global costs to fight climate change.”

‘A Dangerous Distraction’ shows that offsetting is profoundly unjust, fundamentally flawed, and cannot successfully be reformed because:

  • It pays for projects intended to reduce emissions in developing countries while rich countries continue pumping out climate-changing gases with impunity – when the science demands that carbon reductions are made in both developed and developing countries;
  • Often the projects funded would have taken place anyway, so no additional carbon is saved;
  • Many of the projects are fossil-fuel based projects which increase emissions rather than reduce them;
  • Offsetting reduces pressure on rich countries to develop sustainable technologies and provides an excuse for politicians to give the go-ahead to carbon intensive projects such as airport runways and coal-fired power stations;
  • Offsetting increases inequality in carbon consumption between rich and poor countries.

Friends of the Earth is part of Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities. The coalition’s supporter base of more than 11 million people spans over 100 organisations, from environment and development charities to unions, faith, community and women’s groups. Together we demand practical action by the UK to keep temperatures well below an average 2 degree rise.

Bron: Energieraad

Zie ook:  Zembla – Het CO2 Alibi en de handel in Gebakken lucht ! Klimaatneutraal is zonder negatieve invloed op het klimaat ! Klimaatcompensatie onder extra controle ! Klimaatneutraal moet geloofwaardig blijven, maar klimaatneutraal zeggen ze toch allemaal?

2 Reacties

  1. Andrew Right zegt:

    5 juni 2009 om 07:53 | Permalink

    Carbon Offsetting is “Fundamentally Flawed”

    And now a new report is arguing that off-setting will do nothing to prevent climate change and is actually increasing rather than reducing carbon emissions. The report by Friends of the Earth, called Dangerous Distraction, argues “In practice offsetting is having a disastrous impact on the prospects for averting catastrophic climate change. It is vital that the inherent and systemic flaws in the approach are recognised ahead of negotiations.”

    The report’s conclusions are that offsets are so flawed that they are delivering far lower greenhouse gas cuts than the science says is needed to avert catastrophic climate change. The report says that developed countries must reduce their own emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2020 and that they must reject all forms of offsetting.

    “Western governments are cheating us all by plotting to expand carbon offsetting at the UN climate talks – which means avoiding real action through dodgy accounting instead of taking bold action to tackle the climate crisis,” argues Andy Atkins, executive director at Friends of the Earth.

    http://priceofoil.org/2009/06/02/carbon-offsetting-is-fundamentally-flawed/

  2. Erik van Erne zegt:

    17 november 2009 om 16:09 | Permalink

    ‘CO2-reductie in buitenland is grote klimaatzwendel’

    Handel in CDM is grote klimaatzwendel. Het leidt nauwelijks tot CO2-vermindering en wordt vooral gebruikt om geld door te sluizen naar projecten die toch al zouden worden uitgevoerd. Dat stelt Mirjam de Rijk, algemeen directeur van de Stichting Natuur en Milieu in een opiniebijdrage in NRC Handelsblad. http://tinyurl.com/y9ckcd9

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