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Low carbon society?

Posted by Atsushi Iwai October 7, 2015 senior managing director, Japan Petrochemical Industry Association

Many speakers have used the wording " low carbon society" in the plenary session in this morning, including Vice Minister of METI.

Total amount of carbon on the earth is fixed. Carbon exists in CO2 in the air and the sea, in carbohydrates of plants and animals, and in hydrocarbon of fossil fuels. As it circulates between different forms, carbon plays an important role in maintaining the balance of the earth's ecosystem.

In order to overcome various challenges for the human and the earth, we should not reduce the amount of carbon but preserve the natural cycle on absorption and emission of CO2 in balance.

Therefore I would propose the wording ot " circulation of carbon", "carbon circulation society" or simply "sustainable carbon society"

Please refer to https://www.jpca.or.jp/english/leaflet_carbonchemistry_e.pdf

 

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