Australia and the Kyoto Protocol: How they can breathe life into the second commitment period

Ryan attended the 2012 UNFCCC COP18 in Doha where he represented Swinburne University of Technology. He is currently a Bachelor of Journalism and Art student

Abstract

The first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol will end on 31st of December 2012 and a second commitment period (2CP) of the Protocol is currently on the negotiating table. Australia has announced that they will sign up for the 2CP at COP18 in Doha, with a 5% reduction target to 2000 levels under certain conditions. This is the lowest reduction target in their target range based on international progress and is not ambitious enough for Australia to make substantial gains. Australia’s economy will benefit significantly through an increase in ambition that is comparable to other countries acting internationally.

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