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EcoPlanet Bamboo Featured at the 2014 G7 Summit, alongside Angela Merkel, Shinzo Abe and David Cameron

4th June 2014

The 2014 G7 Summit (minus Russia) occurs this week in Brussels, to discuss foreign policy issues, the global economy, energy, climate change and development.

Within the climate change segment of the meeting, leaders are expected to reaffirm their commitment to limit any increase in global temperature to below 2 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels, and to lay the scene for a global agreement to be put in place in 2015.

The climate change focused publication, released for this G7 Summit, features EcoPlanet Bamboo's work to industrialize bamboo as a deforestation free alternative, reducing pressure on natural forests globally, while at the same time sequestering and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide through the regeneration of deforested and degraded land. Through this dual mission, the article highlights how sustainable bamboo plantations can trigger investment that ultimately addresses the 20-25% of global greenhouse gas emissions currently coming from the land use and forestry sector.

Also featured within the publication are articles from various heads of state, including Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan both of whom highlight energy security and securing clean sources of energy as one of their country's greatest challenges; David Cameron, Prime Minister of Great Britain who focuses on the role green investment can play in stimulating Britain's economy and restoring employment, and Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) who lays out the urgent need for greater action in developing long term solutions for a low carbon economy.

EcoPlanet Bamboo's story comes with good timing. Over the past few months many of the world's largest deforesters, such as Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), Asia PAcific Resources International Limited (APRIL), and manufacturing entities such as Unilever, have made commitments to go "deforestation free" following on from global campaigns and pressure lead by environmental NGOs WWF and Greenpeace. Yet none of these companies have suggested a halt in growth, or provided business solutions to meet these targets.

EcoPlanet Bamboo has shown that, if grown in the correct context, on degraded and marginalized land, and managed in a sustainable manner, commercially produced bamboo has a role to play in meeting not only these targets, but contibuting to a larger solution for many of the climate change and development issues under discussion within the G7 Summit.

Read the full publication and feature on EcoPlanet Bamboo here.

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