This book has been writtent by Robert Kandel and sponsored by the CEFIC
Human industrial and agricultural activities are changing climate,
a vital aspect of our environment on earth. To avoid dangerous
climate change, we need to make our activities more
compatible with the natural processes that govern climate.
We must begin to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases over
the globe. Is such a change of course, essential for sustainable
development, compatible with economic growth? As shown in the United
Nations 4th IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Assessment
Report, ambitious emissions reductions can be implemented at modest cost
(less than 3% reduction of global wealth production by 2030), with measures
having net negative costs (which means in fact benefits).
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Since some years now, the message has spread and there is a general awareness of the danger represented by global warming. However, in today’s world of more than 6 billion people, the need to act to reduce our emissions cannot mean going “back to nature”. There are other ways and we must use our ingenuity. How we act individually in our everyday life will be part of the solution. Nevertheless, alone we will not be able to do much. Innovative solutions must be found in all sectors of the economy and industry. In that respect, the example of chemical industry is relevant. It is an industry with strong research and development capacities that is able to provide innovative solutions allowing significant CO2 savings and to make them available to all other sectors.
For this reason, I gladly welcomed the proposal of CEFIC when they asked me to write a didactic book on climate change and to present the contribution of chemistry. Presenting the main results of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) report in a clear and accessible way was challenging. This report, with its results validated by the Öko Institut, brings new elements to the debate. Focussing on the Carbon Life Cycle, it is a new contribution that puts figures on possible scenarios of CO2 emissions reduction, an important step towards sound policy decisions.
This is not just another book on climate change. It was an interesting piece of work to write and to compile new data. The collaboration of CEFIC, mediated by ESTIUM-CONCEPT, was stimulating, bringing new points of view and new ideas. The layout, the graphics and pictures made by ESTIUM-CONCEPT really ease the reading. I am proud of the result, which is very different from other classical scientific books.
(by Robert Kandel)
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