Azara Blog: China wants consumers not producers to be held accountable for carbon emissions

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Date published: 2009/03/18

The BBC says:

China has proposed that importers of Chinese-made goods should be responsible for the carbon dioxide emitted during their manufacture.

China's top climate change negotiator, Li Gao, said his country should not pay for cutting emissions caused by the high demands of other countries.

In recent years China has overtaken the US as the world's largest producer of greenhouse gases.
Beijing argues that rich nations buying Chinese goods bear responsibility for the estimated 15-25% of China's carbon emissions that are created by its production of exports.

China is largely correct (but of course is only bring up this point because it serves their own interest). So the US and the EU have been able to hide their true emission levels by exporting the production of goods to countries like China.

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