Lomborg: Europe’s determination to decline

Looking closely into the exact correlation of factors is half the work of good public risk management. Bjørn Lomborg lines out how economic crisis and managing climate related targets are interrelated. So called advantages are not always how appear to be, more than that they slow down a development.

Source: Politiken.dk
By Bjørn Lomborg, head of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, and adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School

“In a heroic case of finding a silver lining in the bleakest of all situations, the European Union climate commissioner has concluded that the global economic crisis and recession actually provided a lucky break for everyone.

Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says that the slowdown in economic activity will make it easier for the EU to achieve its 2020 goal of ensuring that greenhouse-gas emissions are 20% below their 1990 level. In fact, Hedegaard believes that cutting emissions has become so easy that European leaders should be more ambitious and unilaterally aim for a 30% reduction below the 1990 level – an idea that has won support from David Cameron’s new British government.” Read more >