Counting emissions made for you in other places

One of the problems that will face the negotiators in Copenhagen at the end of this year is the problem of a nation creating its emissions elsewhere. If you permit emissions from a nation like the United States to be at a certain level, this begs the question of emissions created for the United States in manufacturing processes in places such as Mexico and China. An energy footprint of a nation includes not only its emissions but also the emissions created in other nations producing goods, foods and services for its customer nation.

It is a bit like the electric car which produces no emissions on the streets of London but plenty of emissions back at the electricity generation power plant. Continue reading