climatechange (climatechange) wrote,

COP10: The German position

This broadly fits in line with studies that indicate 2 degrees warmth is a likely disaster point (this article explains some of it better, using a 2.5 degree model), and is somewhat representative of the EU opinion as a whole.

"The emission reductions agreed on for industrialised countries in the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol represent a first, indispensable step in the right direction. However, in order to reach the Framework Convention's ultimate goal of preventing dangerous climate change, further steps must follow. The EU has set itself the goal of preventing an increasing in global warming of more than 2 °C compared to pre-industrialisation levels and of minimising the risk of hazardous developments such as the melting of polar ice caps or the destruction of key eco-systems. Clear progress in reducing emissions is urgently needed within the next decade if this goal is to be reached.

"International measures must be agreed on that go beyond 2012 - the end of the Protocol's first commitment period. Greater emission reductions are needed for industrialised countries, but newly industrialised and developing countries must also be gradually incorporated to a greater extent. Only then will it be possible to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and to stabilise the global climate in the long term. Scientific estimates show that greenhouse gas emissions need to decrease by around 50% worldwide by 2050. As emissions are first going to increase in developing countries, this means a reduction of around 70-90% for the industrialised countries. Germany therefore proposes that in the framework of international efforts, the EU commits itself to a 30% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared with 1990. Germany would then be willing to aim for a 40% reduction."


Can we make the deadline work? We have to.

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