Carbon intensity

Carbon intensity

Carbon intensity can refer to:

*The ratio of Carbon Dioxide to energy: a measure of the "greenness" of different fuels.

*The ratio of GDP to carbon emissions produced.

The U.S. plans to cut carbon intensity by 18% by 2012. [ [ White house fact sheet: Earth day 2007] (see section on "providing a Realistic growth-orientated approach to climate change"] This has been criticised by environmentalists as it can be achieved by increasing the GDP as well as by reducing carbon output. [ [ China's Carbon Intensity Target: World resources Institute.] ]

From 1990 to 2000 the carbon intensity of the U.S. economy declined by 17 percent yet total emissions increased by 14 percent. [ "Carbon Emissions Climbing" by Bernie Fischlowitz-Roberts, 2002. Retrieved 2006-08-12] ] In 2002, the U.S. National Environmental trust labelled carbon intensity, "a bookkeeping trick which allows the administration to do nothing about global warming while unsafe levels of emissions continue to rise." [ "National Environmental Trust Special Reports", 2002. Retrieved 2006-08-12] .]

See also

* Carbon footprint
* List of countries by ratio of GDP to carbon dioxide emissions
* Low carbon economy


External links

* [ Washington Post article with an example of change in carbon intensity]
* [ IPCC Special Report on Emissions Scenarios]

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