Statement: International Carbon Action Partnership is Announced

A coalition of 10 U.S. states, nine European Union countries, two Canadian provinces, the European Commission, New Zealand, and Norway have formed the International Carbon Action Partnership to address global warming.

Statement by Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

Pew Center Contact: Katie Mandes

November 1, 2007

The creation of the International Carbon Action Partnership underscores the critical importance of cap-and-trade systems and international cooperation in the effort to reduce global emissions. We cannot afford to delay action that’s required to curb the most dangerous impacts of climate change. The International Climate Action Partnership recognizes that carbon markets based on mandatory caps are an environmentally sound and cost-effective response.

Linking existing and emerging emissions trading systems can provide low-cost emissions reductions and accelerate key technological advances. It also can serve as a critical bridge to a truly global climate effort. Ultimately, we need a comprehensive international agreement that binds all major economies but allows different types of mitigation commitments. The International Climate Action Partnership is well-positioned to contribute in a positive and productive manner toward this effort.

See also: International Climate Action Partnership Press Release