ECO 8, COP 16, English version

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December 7, 2010 - 10:33am

Developed country leadership on moving to a zero carbon economy is in short supply. The positions adopted by many Annex I parties give the impression that they are dragging their heels rather than picking up their pace and embracing a greener future.
So the call by the UK’s powerful Committee on Climate Change for the UK to cut its emissions by 60% by 2030 on 1990 levels – and with...

December 7, 2010 - 10:31am

There is one place this week where we can truly say that Parties have shown high ambition and flexibility.
A draft COP decision has been reached on Article 6, which focuses on public education and raising awareness of climate change.
ECO is delighted to see that all of the youth constituency’s asks were included in the text, particularly non-formal education, youth...

December 7, 2010 - 10:30am

It’s vital this week to make progress on mitigation matters. But don’t forget that for a large proportion of the world’s population, adaptation is vital too – and the slower large emitters move on mitigation, the greater the importance of adaptation.
There are two key issues that should progress this week. Current emission pledges are steering us towards a world where temperatures...

December 7, 2010 - 10:28am

As the World Bank Group positions itself to play a central role in delivering climate finance, the incoherence in its lending practices scream out for attention.
Despite increasing its renewable energy lending, the institution spent more on coal in 2010 than renewable energy and energy efficiency combined. The Bank’s continued commitment to coal – the most energy intensive and...

December 7, 2010 - 10:27am

For those with time to look beyond the boundaries of the Moon Palace and Cancun Messe, you may have come across a story about Wikileaks giving greater transparency to some internal US cables. Among those relating to climate was the observation by the US ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
‘Saudi officials are very concerned that a climate change treaty would significantly reduce their income...

December 7, 2010 - 10:24am

Key Findings of the 
Emissions Gap Report
United Nations 
Environment Programme
November 2010


December 7, 2010 - 10:20am

This is not the first time ECO has commented on the surplus of assigned amount units (AAU) present from the first Kyoto commitment period, and how the overflow could deliver a body blow to the future aggregate actions of annex B countries if carried over to the second commitment period. So far this issue has not seen much progress at all in the AWG-KP.
However, the Chair’s new revised...

December 7, 2010 - 10:19am

In Saturday morning’s session on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), ECO was shocked that the the option for keeping CCS out of the Clean Development Mechanism was absent from the text being forwarded to the CMP for a decision.
CCS has many problems and is some time away from being operational for large power stations.  And yet the door is opening to let it into the CDM by...