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EC states 2015 Climate deal unlikely

With the launch of a consultation paper on “Shaping international climate change policy beyond 2020” the European Commission has made it clear that they do not believe an international agreement on global carbon reduction can be achieved by 2015. In particular the area around “common but differentiated responsibility” which looks ‘precisely’ at how to share global carbon reduction efforts equitably and fairly between nations has little chance of coming to a resolution. The biggest hurdle facing discussions is that the emerging economies and the US are at loggerheads over responsibility. The 2015 agreement will have to bring together the mixture on binding, and non-binding arrangements under the Kyoto Protocol and the UN climate convention. While the EU, Australia and other European countries have joined a legally binding second commitment period under Kyoto Protocol, some 60 other countries around the world have made different types of non-binding commitments to reduce, or limit the growth of, their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. They hope that the consultation will make the 2015 agreement more inclusive, containing commitments that can be applied to all countries, provide the right incentives for implantation and compliance, while being ambitious enough to limit warming to under 2°C.  The consultation runs until the 26th June. READ MORE

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