Industrialised countries agreed they will need to significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by
The meeting was intended to set the stage for the major UN climate conference in Bali in December (EED 27/08/07) where governments should agree an agenda for negotiating a successor treaty to the
Delegates discussed future emission reduction potentials and targets for industrialised countries as well as implementation of the protocol's parent convention on climate change (UNFCCC).
After long discussion, they backed UN intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) findings that rich nations' emissions will have to fall by 25-40 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020 to avoid dangerous climate change. Global emissions will have to peak in the next 10 to 15 years, and must be more than halved by 2050 compared with 2000.
The meeting results were welcomed by UNFCCC chief Yvo de Boer, who said it was 'a first step that has laid the groundwork for the
Meanwhile Australian prime minister John Howard called on Monday for a consensus on a post-Kyoto climate framework ahead of a meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) this week.
Mr Howard warned that attempts to agree binding targets would simply delay a deal. 'We need a new flexible framework that includes a long term global goal and encourages a wide range of natural actions by all with ongoing review', he said.
Last week German chancellor Angela Merkel suggested a compromise climate deal that would allow developing countries to increase their emissions per capita while industrialised countries cut theirs. They would start making reductions once both groups reach the same levels, news agency Reuters reported.
So far the world's five major emerging economies including China and India have not been prepared to take on greenhouse gas emission reduction goals (EED 11/06/07).
On 24 September the UN will hold a high-level ministerial meeting on climate. An international conference on the same issue will be held in the
Courtesy of ENDS Europe Daily