“Huge amounts of CO2 were produced last year. 2011 wasa record year for CO2 emissions, much more than in 2010. We must do something now,”says van derHoeven to Aftenbladet.
She believes thatthe problem not only lies in thefact that politicians worldwideare not able to reachan agreement, but that there arealso other reasons why emissionswent up.
Renewable not fast enough
“One of the reasons is the delay on carbon captureand storage (CCS). It is alsobecause that the growth in renewableenergy isn’t quick enough. We won’treach the targets in this area,” vander Hoeven says.
“Moreover, it’s got to do with nuclear power, where we see that there are some countries that want to phase this out. Nonetheless, they are replacing this with coal fornow. Perhaps it will be renewableenergy later, but it will take at least ten years.”
The answer is not, however, to stop exploitation ofresources such as oil sands, said van der Hoeven.
“We need all theenergy we can get. We alsoenvisage this will be the case between 2035 and 2040. ## 9 billion
Dowe really need the oil sands?
“I think we do,yes,” says van der Hoeven.
“There are two reasonsfor this. Thefirst is that there will be 9 billion people on earth betweennow and 2050. There is a hugepopulation growth. The second isthat there is a tremendous growth in the standardof living and growth in the economy. An increase in energy consumption goesalong with this,” she concludes.
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