The Kyoto Protocol had several faults, not least of which was it wasn’t supported by some of the countries with the biggest emissions.
Climate Change Issues Minister is correct when he says it is far better to seek a comprehensive deal than to continue with Kyoto.
. . . Some nations want the Kyoto Protocol, which expires this year, to be renewed until 2020.
Mr Groser says the signatories to that pact make up only a small part of total greenhouse gas emissions, and New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Japan and others are seeking to replace the protocol with a new, comprehensive scheme.
“Kyoto Protocol will cover 15% of global emissions, you can’t make a serious argument that you’re dealing with climate change unless you have a comprehensive deal that captures the 85% of emissions left out.”
Mr Groser says the aim is to have countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Brazil to lower the growth rate of emissions, and have a cap on emissions in some years time.
Excluding countries like these from any new climate change agreement would leave 85% of total emissions uncovered, he says. . .
The opposition will say this is a cop-out.
But New Zealand is already doing more through the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Consortium which is attracting international support for research than signing up to an extension of Kyoto would achieve,