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New Voices: Private sector leads the public

28 July 2008 12:41

Andrew Ure has this contribution to our New Voices thread:

Susan Park's thought-provoking article on global environmental governance raised the notion of private sector environmental standards, which can be highly effective.

Global industry sector standards can often lead the way for the public sector. For instance, a number of key players in the international aluminium industry have adopted environmental standards for their sector that go beyond national requirements. Thus, while China has not, at this stage, agreed to any binding national commitments, some Chinese aluminium companies are already co-operating with other aluminium producers around the world to look at ways to reduce their emissions.

Voluntary agreements like this will likely never have the teeth to deliver the emissions reductions we need to avoid dangerous anthropogenic interference with our climate. However, they can help serve to guide policy-makers as they grapple with the broader problem. They should be encouraged.