Time for Australia to sign up to the new Kyoto Protocol
Sign on now, UN climate chief says October 25, 2012 THE United Nations climate chief has called on Australia to sign up to a new round of the greenhouse-gas-limiting Kyoto Protocol, saying it already has significant clean-energy
policies in place.
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”From a national perspective it wouldn’t change that much what Australia is already doing,” the head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, said in Sydney. ”It would send a very clear message internationally that what Australia is doing at a national level is actually contributing to global interests.”
The comments by Ms Figueres come as the government weighs joining the federal opposition in backing a second round of the 1997 climate treaty. The current period of the Kyoto Protocol, under which most developed nations pledged to limit their greenhouse gas emissions, lapses at the end of the year.
Negotiations over a second stage are fraught, with several wealthy
nations, including the US, refusing to sign up to a binding greenhouse
target until the major developing countries – mainly China and India -
also agree to be bound by the protocol.
In South Africa last December, a deal was struck to work on a binding
agreement that would cover all nations.
That work would continue until 2015, and if a deal were reached it
would not take effect until 2020.
Until then, only the European Union and some smaller wealthy nations
have committed to an internationally binding goal under a second round
The Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change,Mark Dreyfus, who has
just returned from ministerial talks in South Korea ahead of the
end-of-year climate summit in Doha, Qatar, said the Australian
government had yet to decide its position on a second period of the
Ms Figueres said 49 countries have already made public pledges to cut
emissions by 2020, which is sending a signal to the private sectors
and civil societies to reduce their reliance on energy from fossil
fuels. She said about $1 trillion had already flowed into renewable
energy technology, providing proof that countries around the world see
it in their competitive self-interest to address energy security,
pollution and other related issues.
”If we successfully address climate change, we will be accelerating
an unavoidable energy revolution.” http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/sign-on-now-un-climate-chief-says-20121024-285si.html#ixzz2AKofwf1z
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