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Breaking news: 5.8% increase in global CO2 emissions in 2010

Parties, we have a problem!!!

Global CO2 emissions did a full swing after the recession, growing more than 5% in 2010, according to a report published last week by the Netherlands Environmental Protection Agency. The highest increase in the last two decades fuels the climate crisis. Without accounting for the land-use sector, global CO2 emissions reached 33 billion tonnes, a 45% increase since 1990. , driven mostly by a 7.6 % increase in coal consumption. This means the world now uses coal for a third of its energy demand – the highest share since 1970. Use of other fossil fuels soared too, with natural gas consumption increasing by 7% and oil consumption jumping by 3%. (This increase takes place mostly in the developing countries, in order to reach decent living standards.)

The report, which uses data from the Statistical Review of World Energy, shows that the growth of emissions was driven in part by economic growth in China and India, with 10% or 9% increases in 2010 respectively. While India’s per capita emissions remain fairly low, China’s 6.8 tonnes per head per year already overtake those of large historic and de-facto polluters such as France, Italy and Spain. This follows at least in part because of moving manufacturing industries into developing countries, the output of which are largely used by developed countries.

So, clearly all Parties, especially those bound by the existing commitments for emission reduction need to do their share in Durban to lay the foundation for a solution to the problem (hint, hint: KP 2nd commitment period, LCA mandate for legally binding instrument, close the gigatonne gap, operationalize the Green Climate Fund, develop the technology mechanism and a robust MRV framework). Inspiration can also be found in more and more countries - in particular in the developing world - working towards a shift to low carbon economies. While the upward spiral of emissions in China is concerning from a global point of view, the country managed to double its wind and solar capacity for the 6th year in a row. If the developed countries and other major emitters followed China’s lead and achieved similar renewable energy growth rates, along with a push for energy efficiency, the World’s prospects of staying below 1.5° C or 2°C would be much better than they are now.Parties, we have a problem!!!

Global CO2 emissions did a full swing after the recession, growing more than 5% in 2010, according to a report published last week by the Netherlands Environmental Protection Agency. The highest increase in the last two decades fuels the climate crisis. Without accounting for the land-use sector, global CO2 emissions reached 33 billion tonnes, a 45% increase since 1990. , driven mostly by a 7.6 % increase in coal consumption. This means the world now uses coal for a third of its energy demand – the highest share since 1970. Use of other fossil fuels soared too, with natural gas consumption increasing by 7% and oil consumption jumping by 3%. (This increase takes place mostly in the developing countries, in order to reach decent living standards.)

The report, which uses data from the Statistical Review of World Energy, shows that the growth of emissions was driven in part by economic growth in China and India, with 10% or 9% increases in 2010 respectively. While India’s per capita emissions remain fairly low, China’s 6.8 tonnes per head per year already overtake those of large historic and de-facto polluters such as France, Italy and Spain. This follows at least in part because of moving manufacturing industries into developing countries, the output of which are largely used by developed countries.

So, clearly all Parties, especially those bound by the existing commitments for emission reduction need to do their share in Durban to lay the foundation for a solution to the problem (hint, hint: KP 2nd commitment period, LCA mandate for legally binding instrument, close the gigatonne gap, operationalize the Green Climate Fund, develop the technology mechanism and a robust MRV framework). Inspiration can also be found in more and more countries - in particular in the developing world - working towards a shift to low carbon economies. While the upward spiral of emissions in China is concerning from a global point of view, the country managed to double its wind and solar capacity for the 6th year in a row. If the developed countries and other major emitters followed China’s lead and achieved similar renewable energy growth rates, along with a push for energy efficiency, the World’s prospects of staying below 1.5° C or 2°C would be much better than they are now.

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Buryat Regional Union on Lake Baikal

The Regional Office All-Russian public organization

"Socio - Ecological  Union" of the Republic of Buryatia

The main goals activity are:

- to support climate adaptation of dam  hydropower stations; 

- to promote  energy efficiency and conservation at local and regional level

- to promote involvement of the local population into the land use
policy making;

- to organize public environmental expertise ;

- to protect of the environmental rights of IPs and LC

Contact Information: 
Klyuchevskaya street 40 "В"
670013 Ulan-Ude
Russia
RU

Energetikayi ev shrdghaka mighavairi khohrdatvakan hasarakakan kazmakerputyun (ECOTEAM)

 

ECOTEAM includes both qualified experts in the field of renewable energy (solar, wind and hydropower energy), energy saving, environment and specialists in other fields and collaborates with international and local organizations as a partner or consulting body, analyzing different projects.

MISSION                                               

Promotion to environmentally sound development based on Renewable Energy and Energy Saving projects, feasibility studies and promotion in implementation, as well as communities involvement in project

implementation.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

- Use of pollution free energy sources 
- Rational use of natural resources 
- Communities' participation in projects

STRATEGIES 
- Assessments of renewable energy and energy saving based projects
- Applying advanced relevant technologies
- Involvement of International PVOs, local NGOs and local communities in project implementation

Contact Information: 
Armenia
AM

Environmental Law Center Armon

 

Environment Law Center "Аrmon” is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, whose mission includes legal education of population in the field of environmental law and protection of constitutional rights of citizens for a favorable environment.

Center "Armon" was registered in June 2000 by Tashkent Regional Department of the Ministry of Justice of Republic of Uzbekistan, with the financial support of Winrock International.

Center "Armon" was reorganized in February 2001 within the framework of the draft of American Bar Association, Central and East Europe Legal Initiative (ABA CEELI).
 

In 2004, the Center was reregistered asEnvironmental Law Center "Armon".

Contact Information: 
Uzbekistan
UZ

National Ecological Centre of Ukraine (NECU)

 

National Ecological Centre of Ukraine (NECU) is a non-governmental not-for-profit organization created in 1991 when Ukraine has obtained independence. NECU consolidates individuals for common action to protect the environment. Among NECU members are scientists, journalists, artists, students and other people who are willing to add their own effort to environmental protection. The organization has branches in a dozen of Ukrainian cities.

NECU works to bring environmental consideration into the core of any decision. We aim to bring concerns of local population and experts to the politicians, to redesign strategies and projects. We work both to save nature, by maintaining and creating new protected areas, and to decrease human impact on environment, through policy changes in energy and transport sectors.

NECU is willing to maintain political and economic independence, therefore it doesn’t accept money from political parties or business corporations. Currently NECU relies on funding from development programs of European governments and private foundations. However, we aim to get more support through donations from individual NECU supporters.

NECU is working in such major directions:

  • Biodiversity: NECU is campaigning for new nature protection zones creation to keep unique species of animals and plants in their natural environment. NECU also makes sure that the existing protected territories remain untouched. With the help of public actions and legal procedures, such as courts and public hearings, NECU stands firm against illegal building construction on green territories in Kyiv region and works with local activists arround Ukraine.
  • Energy: NECU is trying to redirect the energy policy of Ukraine away from intensive coal and nuclear energy development to energy efficient economy and alternative energy sources. NECU is working with politicians and officials educating them about the new approaches of energy sector management.
  • Global climate change: NECU is a member of Ukrainian NGO Working Group on climate change that works to integrate climate change issues into Ukrainian government policies. NECU also takes active part in international negotiations on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, monitors the implementation of Kyoto protocol mechanisms in Ukraine, works with media and general public.
  • Transport: NECU develops policy recommendations to reduce the negative impact of the transport sector. We stress the vital importance of proper land use during road construction and develop effective solutions of transport problems in cities and nationwide.
  • Multilateral Development Banks: NECU is monitoring the activities of development banks (such as EBRD, EIB, World Bank, etc) in Ukraine to prevent the negative impacts of their projects on environment and local people. We believe that tax-payers money must not be used to harm the society.
  • Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia: NECU cooperates with NGOs in the region, sharing its experience of working with development banks and on Climate Change issues. NECU monitors the projects connected to oil and gas extraction and transportation from the Caspian Region.

NECU is a member of CEE Bankwatch Network, NGO Working Group on climate change, Ukrainian River Network, IUCN, Climate Action Network International.

Contact Information: 
1 Kyiv Street
01032 Comintern
Ukraine
UA

Environment People Law (EPL)

About us

International public interest environmental law organization Environment-People-Law (EPL) was founded in 1994 with the aim to help in protecting environmental rights of citizens and organizations, to promote development of nature protection, environmental education, science and culture.

Our Mission: Rule of law for environmental protection

Our Activity:

Advocacy:

  • legal consultations for citizens and organizations in the sphere of environmental protection, protection of environmental rights;
  • representation of interests of citizens and organizations before judicial bodies and other state authorities in environmental matters.

Law drafting:

  • analysis of adopted laws and draft laws, development of proposals for legislative acts;
  • participation of EPL experts in activities of law drafting working groups, in particular Working group of NGOs dealing with climate change, Public council of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine, Public council of State Administration of Environmental Protection in Lviv region.

Informational and analytical activity with the aim to promote standards of rule of law:

  • preparing analytical articles, publications, collections, reference books;
  • organizing conferences, seminars, meetings on legal protection of environment on the national and international level;
  • holding trainings on environmental law for practical lawyers;
  • publishing Environment-People-Law  Journal (quarterly) devoted to environmental and legal issues;
  • collecting and disseminating environmental and legal information;
  • cooperating with other environmental and legal organizations, higher educational institutions;
  • maintaining unique library containing more than 3 000 books on environmental and legal issues.
Contact Information: 
PO BOX 316
79000 Lviv
Ukraine
UA

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