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. [ [http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/04/20070420-9.html 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. [ [http://www.wri.org/stories/2007/04/chinas-carbon-intensity-target# 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. [http://www.earth-policy.org/Indicators/indicator5.htm "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." [http://www.net.org/reports/rollbacks/warming.vtml "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

References

External links

* [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/01/AR2005070101915.html Washington Post article with an example of change in carbon intensity]
* [http://www.grida.no/climate/ipcc/emission/046.htm IPCC Special Report on Emissions Scenarios]


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