Canada: Kyoto Protocol is history

2011-12-07 14:11

Durban - Canada's environment minister on Wednesday declared that for his country the Kyoto Protocol "is in the past", a position touching on the trigger issue at the climate talks here.

Minister Peter Kent confirmed that Canada would not back a new round of carbon-cutting pledges under Kyoto after the first series runs out at the end of 2012.

"We have long said we will not take on a second commitment under the Kyoto Protocol. We will not obstruct or discourage those that do, but Kyoto for Canada is in the past," he said in a speech.

The talks, running through Friday, are deadlocked over the fate of Kyoto, the only global accord that specifies curbs in greenhouse gases.

Current pledges by rich countries under Kyoto expire at the end of 2012.

US aligned

Several key nations beside Canada, including Japan and Russia, have said they will not renew their vows.

They say a second commitment period is senseless so long as emerging giants and the US, which has refused to ratify Kyoto, are not bound by the treaty's constraints.

"The Kyoto Protocol is not where the solution lies," Kent said.

"It is an agreement that covers fewer than 30% of global emissions, by some estimates 15% or less."

But developing countries, led by China and India, have made renewed pledges by advanced economies a redline issue that could block progress on other fronts, including a proposed mandate to forge a comprehensive climate pact by 2015.

Kent said Canada's overall approach for reducing greenhouse gases were aligned with that of the US.

Canada agreed under the Kyoto Protocol to reduce CO2 emissions to 6% below 1990 levels by 2012, but its emissions have instead increased sharply. Pulling out of Kyoto would allow Canada to avoid paying penalties for missing its targets.

Washington signed Kyoto as a framework agreement in 1997, but declared in 2001 that it would not ratify it, saying it was too costly and unfair.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gathers 194 countries under a process launched under the 1992 Rio Summit.

  • Nico - 2011-12-07 14:26

    Start boikoting Canadian and non ratifing countries goods. Then they will listen.

      steve.dupreez - 2011-12-07 14:36

      And exactly what do we import from them??

      rudi.groenewald - 2011-12-07 14:44

      lol.. Is that like how we are boikoting BP every week?

      ryan.macdougall - 2011-12-07 14:57

      why should they listen if the usa wont plus canada is mosly forrest so they are basically carbon nutral.

      Dirk - 2011-12-07 15:06

      @Nico - what to we import? Snow?

      Sattva - 2011-12-07 15:13

      I'm going to boycott Chines, Indian, American and Canadian goods/items from now on

      David - 2011-12-07 15:19

      Ecolab and InnuScience are 2 of the major chemical companies from Canada that have a very large presence in SA. Other than that I have no idea what Canada offers us other than a dodgy Nickleback

      Larry - 2011-12-07 15:32

      Hey Nico, We dont want to be Boycotting Canada, or anywhere else for that matter. The Canadians have more money in South Africa than we have in Canada. That plus the fact that the COp 17 was always going to fail, simply because every country there was looking after their own interest. I notice that you dont mention Boycotting China? even the Chinese are up in arms about their own pollution.

      Justin - 2011-12-07 15:36

      From the above comments, I think we need to import english teachers...

  • Ann - 2011-12-07 14:27

    Oh dear! What now? What is going to be left for our children and their children? There is much evidence that the way in which we live is causing climate change at a very alarming rate. This is very disappointing indeed!

      Soetdoring - 2011-12-07 22:59

      Are you sure of your facts or is your opinion based on what you have read in the biased media? (source

  • paul.maarman - 2011-12-07 14:29

    lets not do anything and see who survives the next ice age....bloody humans, short term profits for long term disasters.

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-12-07 14:30

    Canada likes attention..

      steve.dupreez - 2011-12-07 14:37

      Based on your comments on other topics, so do you.

  • djmain1 - 2011-12-07 14:36

    I think the time has come to impose sanctions on whichever country does not commit to these goals - it has become that serious.

      Pieter - 2011-12-07 14:44

      Are we in any position to empose sanctions? Don't think so.

      Ryan - 2011-12-07 15:15

      come on, who are we to talk ??? SA gets most of its power (70 % ?) from coal and we are full steam ahead with building more ozone and environment-unfriendly plants at the expense of "green" solutions (which currently are more expensive)

  • ShauneJordaan - 2011-12-07 14:37

    Shocking. The west is all about oil.

      richard.hipkin - 2011-12-07 15:24

      What a strange deduction?

  • Cindy - 2011-12-07 14:57

    How about usa starting a nuclear war.Cut world population by half and reduce the human strain on earth?

      richard.hipkin - 2011-12-07 15:25

      How about you pack away your Xbox and live life in the real world..

  • Renier - 2011-12-07 15:00

    And Billy Joel says "We didn't start the fire..." Where is Canada again?

  • !r!3 - 2011-12-07 15:07

    Maybe they just dont want to profit other peoples pockets, the climate is meant to change and there is nothing anybody can do to prevent that. True or not true but are we being brainwashed into profiting another few big government organisations? Just a thought, im not saying its true or false

  • takaz - 2011-12-07 15:19

    i do agree with Nico, boycotting products (which contribute to high carbon emmissions) made from all non-cooperating countries or at least increasing tax on such products would go a long way in changing the status quo.

  • Bobo - 2011-12-07 15:30

    I`m afraid the alarm bells went off a bit late..I saw a dramatic change in my banana plantation this last 2 years and it`s becoming worse by the day.What is strange to me is the fact that it suddenly started and not gradually. The scientists know something we don`t and I suspect it has something to do with planet x (Niburu) and the alighnment of the planets towards mid 2012. They also warned about sudden solar flares towards earth.

  • gumedemc - 2011-12-07 15:32

    we must stop doing like we own earth or we are the only living creatures on it this planet is for everything that is living on it including plants, humans,animals etc...but humans started killing more animals,cutting more trees,digging more holes, caging animals denying them their freedom all because they wanted profits look now even if they know this is posing serious treats but they refuse to listen and do right and the f**k up is we ordinary people can not do jack about it even if we want to politicians and those big companies they "own" this planet and now they will destroy it. i hope God hear our thoughts and our prayers and save our planet from these MONSTERS Amen.

      Justin - 2011-12-07 16:01

      We can all do something. If every home owner, and small business manager out there becomes less dependent upon eskoms grid (through solar geysers, using bio-digestors, using public transport or lift clubs, boiling half a kettle, using low energy globes, turning lights and geysers off when not needed, recycled our waste, cut our lawns a bit less and didn't water them so much, planted more trees every year, didn't litter/pollute, and cut down on beef(probably the toughest choice), we could probably get back on track. And if not, well at least as individuals we can say we tried...

  • Angus - 2011-12-07 15:40

    Only solution is a drastic reduction in the world population. Way too many people. Scarcity of water, jobs, power etc is all a result of the endless race to keep up with population growth.

      Dave - 2011-12-07 15:45

      Get a rope, that'll be a good start.

      Modefan - 2011-12-07 15:52

      True, but you can't deny anyone the right to as unreal as it seems, one day we'll have to take to the stars

  • malcolm - 2011-12-07 15:44

    The yanks are dumb, and the Canadians sit on their fence.

  • Itumeleng - 2011-12-07 15:54

    its all about bending to curb the climate change disasters those not prepared, to punish them in many forms untill they listen and oblige

  • Dave - 2011-12-07 16:17

    Canada sells heaps of goods to SA and has several companies in SA, for example McCain Foods, Alcan,SLN Laven (who designed the new Durbs airport), most Crysler and Ford SUV's are imported from Canada. Brunswick Sardines, John West salmon,Corel software,Black Berry phones,Canadair Jets, Lear Jet , Bombadair makers of Seadoos, Quads and partner/builder of the Gutrain, Also Dehavilan aircraft used by SA Airlink,and the list goes on

      Dave - 2011-12-07 16:23

      ...and we gave them Brandon Huntley. That's how generous we are.

  • Eddie - 2011-12-13 04:45

    SHAME Harper SHAME. These are not the officials I elected ! Not looking forward to live in megapolution. Thankfully, my province is fairly proactive about renewable energy.

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