“Everyone is waiting for a U.N. deal, but carbon-cutting actions have been going on all along,” says Tamminen. “It’s been right under everyone’s nose. The Copenhagen Accord, having surfaced an existing web of national and subnational policies, may ultimately prompt a needed shift of attention and pressure to what is happening on the ground and what is required to link up and accelerate the many promising efforts already underway.”
Roberts also observes that China might be taking an ‘under promise-over deliver approach’, with numerical targets that add up to business as usual or worse but with a plethora of measures and policies that may, if implemented, take it further. There are many ad-hoc stories about China’s technology revolution, but for comprehensive ongoing analysis, try Julian Wong’s blog Green Leap Forward.
Does this contradict our post of yesterday? The Accord itself is unlikely to prove significant as an instrument or as an agreement and will probably disintegrate as a process. But Tamminen may be correct; some of the policies countries are actually pursuing have come to the fore and countries have sidestepped further emissions targets invective.