Canada and EU under criticism

2011-11-30 00:00

CANADA and the European Union both came under criticism from Greenpeace International at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban yesterday for their apparent attempts to railroad a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol.

“The Kyoto Protocol is the key to unlocking the negotiations,” said Greenpeace policy adviser Tove Ryding.

“It’s the global rulebook for what we do about emissions of greenhouse gases. You don’t take the global rulebook and throw it in the trash.

“Today we heard the African group saying the African soil must not be the graveyard of the Kyoto Protocol.”

While Ryding acknowledged the protocol does not address all greenhouse gas emissions, she said it needs to be built on.

“Not only do we need the protocol, but we need a legally binding agreement for 2015.

“The first important step is to make sure the Kyoto Protocol comes out of COP17 alive.”

Ryding was especially critical of Canada’s stance on the protocol. Canada has already stated that it will not sign up for a second commitment period, but now looks to be pulling out of the protocol altogether.

Ryding said Canada needs to negotiate in good faith and in a spirit of international co-operation. “If Canada’s only role is to obstruct and breakdown negotiations on the protocol then it is better that they leave the talks.”

The EU’s stance on the Kyoto Protocol also came under fire.

The EU said it will sign up for a second commitment period, but only if a framework is put in place at COP17 that gets 100% buy-in to alleviate climate change.

Ryding said that the EU, having put themselves under the spotlight, sre now getting nervous and already blaming other countries, such as India, China and Brazil, if COP17 in Durban should fail.

“If we lose the Kyoto Protocol in Durban, there is no way the EU is not going to take its share of the blame.

“We need the EU to defend the Kyoto Protocol, to return and make a credible push forward at COP17.”

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