The governments of China and Brazil, exempt from Kyoto as developing nations yet still important polluters, commissioned a report from the InterAcademy Council that will be published Monday, October 22nd. Its intent is to identify and detail the science, technology and policy framework for developing energy resources to drive economic growth in both developed and developing countries while also securing climate protection.
"Lighting the way: toward a sustainable energy future" was produced by a study panel of 15 energy experts and its publication was approved by the IAC board, representing the world's academies of science. The report was co-chaired by Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in the U.S., and Jose Goldemberg, former Secretary of State for the Environment for the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The panel includes Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
The report underwent an extensive peer review monitored by Ralph Cicerone, President of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and R.A. Mashelkar, President of the Indian National Science Academy, and incorporates the analysis and actions of leading global energy and development institutions, such as the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank and the International Energy Agency.
'Lighting the way' will inform global action on climate change, such as implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, agenda setting for the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, and ongoing multinational talks on future global action to reduce greenhouse emissions.
The report will be available on the IAC website Oct. 22nd at 6 AM GMT/2 AM EDT. An international teleconference for news media will follow the release on Oct. 22 at 2 PM GMT/10 AM EDT.