Kyoto2 target finally a reduction, but still not strong enough



[news_posted_on] 26 November 2012  | 
The Government announced today that it would take an annual reduction of 99.5% of 1990 emissions as its commitment towards phase two of the Kyoto Protocol. This is consistent with only a 5% cut in emissions by 2020.

“We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the Government isn’t using this opportunity to commit to a stronger pollution target,” said Kellie Caught, National Manager for Climate Change.

“We reject the notion that a 5% target represents Australia’s fair share of the global effort required to avoid dangerous climate change. Australia can and should do more.

“If Australia is serious about protecting the place we love, such as the Great Barrier Reef, from catastrophic climate change, we must be prepared to make much deeper cuts in our own pollution.

“However, unlike phase one of Kyoto where Australia was allowed to increase emissions to 108% of 1990 levels, Australia has this time agreed to a Kyoto target (99.5%) which will finally see emissions fall below the 1990 baseline.

“We stress that the Kyoto 2 target proposed by the Australian Government today should be considered a provisional pollution target only.

“The real test for Australia’s commitment to solving climate change will come when Parliament sets the pollution caps for the emissions trading scheme in 2014.

“To this end, WWF welcomes the government’s commitment to include a reference to the bi-partisan target range of 5-25% in Kyoto 2, to re-affirm, in an international treaty, Australia’s willingness to move to a stronger target in the coming years.

“WWF will continue to urge our political leaders to commit to reducing emissions by at least 25% by 2020,” said Ms Caught.

WWF-Australia contacts:

Karen Kalpage, Communications Manager, WWF-Australia, 0410 221 410
Wind turbines at the Middelgrunden Wind Park, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Wind turbines at the Middelgrunden Wind Park, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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