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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 948

Maldives ready to unveil carbon audit

Male, 13 November, (Asiantribune.com):

maldives_island.JPGHaving undertaken the planet’s most ambitious programme to go carbon neutral by 2020, the Maldives will announce a detailed carbon audit later this month, in a bid to achieve its goal.

The audit releasing on November 24 will calculate current and future emissions trajectories and recommend steps to reduce greenhouse gases and oil dependency, the Rothschild banking dynasty in Europe who is funding the audit, said in a statement.

This is a powerful message a few days ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference being held in Cancun, it noted.

Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed is a strong advocate of green growth. His country is in great danger of being submerged due to climate change.

“The Maldives wants to set an example, by demonstrating that a country can develop without having to pollute the planet,” Nasheed was quoted as saying in Minivan News early this year, after announcing plans to come up with the audit.

“After all, it is not carbon we want but development, it is not coal we want but electricity, it is not oil we want but transport. The Maldives aims to grow but we want our growth to be green,” he said then.

A press conference in the presence of Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed will take place via an audio webcast, at the launch of the audit.

It will present the results of this audit in greater detail, explain the next steps the Maldives are taking towards carbon neutrality and discuss the global implications of this project, according to Rothschild.

Ariane de Rothschild, Vice Chairman, Edmond de Rothschild Group, Hugo Ferreira, Deputy General Manager, Compagnie Benjamin de Rothschild and Flora Bernard, Managing Partner, BeCitizen too will be there.

- Asian Tribune -

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