Go Green for Both Growth And Climate, Expert Says

Tomihiro Taniguchi asserts challenges of cutting carbon emissions should be viewed as an opportunity to develop new technologies and make a profit in the process.

Published: 13-Mar-2001

YDNEY (Reuters) - Instead of worrying that a world economic slowdown will make it too expensive to curb the emissions that are changing the climate, governments should go green for growth, a top international expert says.

Tomihiro Taniguchi, vice chairman of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said the challenges of cutting carbon emissions should be viewed as an opportunity to develop new technologies and make a profit in the process.

"(Convincing governments to act) is very difficult because the major concern today still is economic, the slowdown of the economy," Taniguchi said in an interview late Monday, after presenting a lecture at Sydney's University of New South Wales.

"There is still...a wrong perception or wrong conviction that the environmental issues including climate change can be a minus, or harmful to economic development or the recovery.

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