Carbon intensity refers to the carbon emission per unit of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
In the Copenhagen Accord, China and India pledge to reduce their carbon intensity rather than their emissions.
This is because of the fact that China and India are still developing countries and as their population becomes more industrialized, more greenhouse gas emissions will occur.
The Kyoto Protocol did not include developing countries because they could not reduce their emissions but now, thanks to the concept of carbon intensity, developing countries will directly take part in international treaties.
With countries reducing their emissions and/or carbon intensity, we are surely on our way to helping stop climate change.« Back to Glossary Index