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Biofuels and the Mitigation of Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific Region : What Links to the UNFCCC and Rio+20 Agendas ?

Vendredi 2 novembre 2012 - 15h30 à 16h30
Local DSM280, Pavillon J.-A.-DeSève, 320, rue Sainte-Catherine E., Berri-UQAM

Cette conférence se déroulera dans le cadre du Colloque 2012 de l’Association Canadienne des Études Asiatiques

Despite mounting evidence that the use of biofuels does not significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and that the expansion of biofuel crop plantations is displacing small farmers and jeopardizing the food security of the poorest populations, national and international policy agendas are accelerating biofuel production in Asia. The national policies of many Northern and emerging economies, including subsidies and fuel blending regulations, have stimulated the expansion of plantations for biofuel production in Asia. International financing for climate change mitigation is also contributing to the development of the industry by providing tradable carbon credits to investors and producers of biofuels. This paper explores the relevance of two key international policy agendas for biofuel production in Asia : the UNFCCC negotiations and the Rio+20 Conference.

Jack Litster is currently studying for an MA in International Affairs, with a focus on Human Security and Development, at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Since 2010, Jack has worked at the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), where he is now the assistant coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Working Group, and also works on e-communications and CCIC’s ethics program.

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