Kyoto2 a bridge to ambitious global climate solution



[news_posted_on] 09 November 2012  | 
WWF-Australia today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that it intends to join the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

According to Will McGoldrick, Climate Change Policy Manager for WWF-Australia, signing onto Kyoto2 sends a powerful signal to the international community that Australia is serious about tackling climate change.

“With less than a month to go to the Doha Climate Change Conference, international eyes are on Australia. By supporting Kyoto2, Australia is clearly demonstrating to the world that we remain committed to a rules-based global response to climate change.

“Kyoto remains a crucial legal and political bridge to a stronger and ultimately more effective global framework, which is needed to protect our precious wildlife and places like the Great Barrier Reef from the impacts of climate change,” said Mr McGoldrick.

The government’s decision today means there is bipartisan support on the issue, with the Coalition giving their support for Kyoto2 in August this year.

“It’s great to see both the major parties listening to the majority of the Australian people who support Kyoto2.

“It’s now important that the emissions target Australia sets for Kyoto2 at the Doha conference represents a minimum level of ambition, not a ceiling, and can be ramped up.

“If we are serious about avoiding dangerous climate change and getting other countries to take greater responsibility, Australia must be prepared to set an emissions reduction target of at least 25% below 1990 levels by 2020,” said Mr McGoldrick.

WWF-Australia contacts:
Karen Kalpage, Communications Manager, WWF-Australia, 0410 221 410
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