Top OECD Official Calls for Zero Carbon Emissions

LONDON - MARCH 16: Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary-General speaks at the Treasury during the launch of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Economic Survey of the UK, on March 16, 2011 in London, England. With the Budget due on March 23, Chancellor Osborne stated that it will will echo the message from the OECD, that 'this Government has set the right course for the British economy, but we have still much more to do'. 
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Clare Foran
Oct. 9, 2013, 3:55 a.m.

Sec­ret­ary-Gen­er­al of the Or­gan­iz­a­tion for Eco­nom­ic Co­oper­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, An­gel Gur­ria, called for policy meas­ures to cut car­bon emis­sions and re­duce in­ter­na­tion­al re­li­ance on fossil fuels in a speech de­livered in Lon­don.

Ac­cord­ing to the text of the lec­ture, Gur­ria em­phas­ized the need for glob­al emis­sions tar­gets and set a goal of end­ing car­bon emis­sions from fossil fuel use in the second half of the twenty-first cen­tury.

“Zero emis­sions’ might sound ex­treme,” he said. “Why not just lower emis­sions? The an­swer to that is phys­ic­al. Car­bon di­ox­ide is a long lived gas. It hangs around. Of one ton of CO2 emit­ted this year, over 60% will still be in the at­mo­sphere twenty years from now and 45% 100 years from now. Some will still be around after thou­sands of years. Even small on-go­ing emis­sions will con­tin­ue to add to the at­mo­spher­ic con­cen­tra­tion. We have an ac­cu­mu­la­tion prob­lem.”

Gur­ria out­lined a plan to achieve this aim. The plan in­cludes put­ting a price tag on car­bon emis­sions to cre­ate in­cent­ives for re­new­able en­ergy use and sharply re­du­cing or elim­in­at­ing fossil fuel sub­sidies in de­vel­op­ing na­tions.


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