Report: Canada Wants to Scrap Kyoto
21 May 2006
Canada’s The Globe and Mail reports that, according to private instructions to Canadian negotiators in Bonn, Germany, Canada will not support attempts by other countries to set deeper emission-reduction targets for the Kyoto Protocol’s second phase.
A two week-long set of meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change opened in Bonn on 15 May to plot the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol, with Canada as the chair.
The instructions obtained by The Globe and Mail also show that Canada wants the climate-change accord phased out in favor of a separate, voluntary deal. (Separately, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canada was interested in exploring the possibility of joining the US-led voluntary Asia-Pacific Partnership on climate change.) Canada has already publicly stated that it needs more lenient greenhouse gas reduction targets for itself than originally specified under the Kyoto Protocol.
“Canada will not support agreement on language in the work program that commits developed countries to more stringent targets in the future,” states a line contained in 22 pages of instructions.
The paper also shows that Canada is threatening to pull out of the UN climate-change process unless it includes the United States and all other major polluters.
The instructions to Canadian negotiators reveal Ottawa is pushing for the Kyoto Protocol to disappear.
“Canada does not support a continuation of the status quo beyond 2012, and has no preconceived view on how a new commitment period might be structured.”
Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions are now 35% above its 1990 base levels—under Kyoto, its target is to be 6% below 1990 levels by 2012.
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