October 19, 2009
Perhaps in the drive for increased efficiency and with the prospect of making a real impact on global climate change initiatives, EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs should consider the idea of ‘twinning’ with cities in the developing world.
This would serve several purposes. Primarily it would create a win-win scenario whereby European cities would be able to buy carbon credits from their counterparts in the developing world (which are largely surrounded by forest and jungle) whilst providing a real incentive for the developing world to preserve its rainforests and indeed, to increase them.
Secondly it would also provide a vehicle for real knowledge transfer from Europe to the developing world, which could be monitored and audited to provide development that is tangible: a simple suggestion that seems to offer the kind of partnerships we should be seeking with the developing world in our joint quest to preserve our planet.
Maynard Cox-GeorgeAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor