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Bei der diesjährigen Klimakonferenz der Vereinten Nationen in Kopenhagen soll ein Nachfolgeabkommen zum Kyoto-Protokoll ausgearbeitet werden, die Vertragsstaaten sollten unseres Erachtens starke Anreize zur Senkung von Treibhausgasemissionen einführen. Damit lassen sich die Investitionstätigkeit  anregen und die Wirtschaft wieder beleben.

Die groben Umrisse einer Antwort  auf die globale Klimaerwärmung stehen seit Jahren fest. Ein internationales System zur Begrenzung der CO2-Emissionen und zum  Handel von Emissionsrechten würde den Maßnahmen Finanzmittel zuführen, die Treibhausgase auf kosteneffiziente Weise reduzieren. Weitreichende Effizienzstandards, beispielsweise für Haushaltsgeräte, Fahrzeuge und Gebäude, würden dazu beitragen, dass Unternehmen und Privatverbraucher weniger Energie verbrauchen.

Eine Reihe strategischer Initiativen könnten Staaten helfen, die  Innovationskraft der Unternehmen zu nutzen, um die Treibhausgasemissionen in den Griff zu bekommen:

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