The World Coal Association recently published a chart on Linkedin showing very graphically how China’s coal consumption dominates the world’s CO2 emissions targets.
It is not only China but also India and other emerging economies that are heavily reliant on coal for energy, leading some to ask the question: Do Western economies have any control over global emissions and is there any value in the West reconfiguring their economies to reduce emissions? Many emerging economies see it as immoral that the West would deny them access to the path to economic success that the West itself has taken. Why should emerging economies limit their emissions and economic growth to solve a problem they did not create. The reality is, we only have one world and everything is interlinked.