I am happy to support.
Professor Sir Tom Blundell FRS, FMedSci,
Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge,
Tennis Court Road, Cambridge CB2 1GA
Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution [RCEP] recommendation in 2000: -
"The UK should continue to play a forceful leading role in international negotiations to combat climate change, both in its own right and through the European Union. The government should press for further reductions in the greenhouse gas emissions of developed nations after 2012, and controls on the emissions of developing nations. The UK government should press for a future global climate agreement based on the contraction and convergence approach, combined with international trading in emission permits. Together, these offer the best long-term prospect of securing equity, economy and international consensus."
"The UK-based Global Commons Institute has taken the lead in promoting contraction and convergence and has developed a computer model which specifies emission allocations under a range of scenarios. The concept has been supported by several national governments and legislators. Some developed nations are very wary of it because it implies drastic reductions in their emissions, but at least one minister in a European government has supported it. Commentators on climate diplomacy have identified contraction and convergence as a leading contender among the various proposals for allocating emission quotas to nations in the long term."
RCEP Table 4.1 Contraction and convergence:
implications for UK carbon dioxide emissions
permissible UK emissions
in 2050 % of 1997 level
permissible UK emissions
in 2100 % of 1997 level
"In table 4.1 RCEP has applied the contraction and convergence approach to carbon dioxide emissions, and we have calculated what the UK’s emissions quotas would be in 2050 and 2100 for four alternative upper limits on atmospheric concentration. We have assumed for this purpose that 2050 would be both the date by which nations would converge on a uniform per capita emissions figure and the cut-off date for national populations. If 550 ppmv is selected as the upper limit, UK carbon dioxide emissions would have to be reduced by almost 60% from their current level by mid-century, and by almost 80% by 2100. Even stabilisation at a very high level of 1,000 ppmv would require the UK to cut emissions by some 40% by 2050."
GCI NOTE: - It followed therefore that if 450 ppmv was selected as the upper limit, the UK carbon dioxide emissions would have to be reduced by almost 80% from their current level by mid-century, and by almost 90% by 2100.
As of 2008, the 80% cut by 2050 for the UK became the figure stated in the UK Climate Act.
"Energy - The Changing Climate" 
The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
Chairman Sir Tom Blundell
Nomination - but not winner - of Aubrey Meyer for the Saskawa Prize
by Tessa Tennant, John Hougton, Alex Evans, Michael Meacher, Grace Akumu, Richard Sandbrook, Andrew Dlugolecki,Tom Blundell, Julian Salt, David Crichton, Jim Phelps, Roger Doudna, Christopher Layton, Clive Hamilton, John Rich
I support the nomination of Aubrey Meyer. Over the past
fifteen years he has developed the idea of Contraction and Convergence as an
international solution to the challenge of global warming and climate change. He has done
this through the Global Commons Institute with very little funding and infrastructure. These
ideas influenced the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution in the development of its
report “Energy: the Changing Climate” and Contraction and Convergence was the basis of
60% reduction in carbon emissions. This recommendation has been taken
up by the government in its
recent Energy White Paper and is now the generally accepted
basis for policy by a range of government, industry and NGOS.
He is a visionary and the award of the Sasakawa Prize would give much support
to this very important work, and
be a splendid recognition ofhis important contributions.
Sir Tom Blundell,
Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.
Aubrey Meyer is testimony to the fact that individual effort can make a difference. It is absolutely remarkable that the idea of Contraction and Convergence has taken such a firm hold worldwide in such a short space of time, especially when you see the tiny operation which has championed this essential idea. I remember at Kyoto in 1997 when policymakers derided the proposition without a second thought. That type of response has all but disappeared, certainly within the more thoughtful arenas of climate policy. Through sheer determination, focus and good manners Aubrey has broken through global ignorance and prejudice to make just, common sense prevail… and he has done so on climate change, the most chronic threat which the world currently faces. We all have a great deal to thank Aubrey for, and I firmly believe that there is no-one better to receive the Sasakawa Award. Please give Aubrey Meyer your greatest consideration.
The personal dedication of Aubrey Meyer, born of a deep concern for global humanity and its future, is
what has brought the Contraction and Convergence proposal to the influential position it holds today.
most pleased to strongly support his nomination for the Sasakawa Prize.
I cannot think of a more
Chairman John Ray Initiative
If ever there was an initiative that deserved recognition and support, it is the brilliant and
relentless campaign waged by this fiercely independent, creative and apparently quite tireless
UK Minister of the Environment
I want to support the nomination of Aubrey Meyer for the Sassakawa prize. If this award is about people and institutions that make a real difference
then he should be recognised by it. In 50 years time we will talk of
Meyer’s principle much as we talk about the Kyoto agreements now.
A UNEP global
500 award winner, co-founder of Friends of the Earth
and Director of IIED 1988- 1999