CAN Intervention in the COP18 KP Opening Plenary, 27 November, 2012
CAN KP Opening Plenary Intervention
Delivered by, Anna Malos of CAN Australia on 27 November, 2012
My name is Anna Malos, speaking on behalf of CAN.
It has been a long winding road but a new phase of the Kyoto Protocol is in sight.
Kyoto 2 needs to be strengthened and to enter into effect from January 1. You all know why we cannot delay action.
CAN strongly commends countries who will commit to the KP, but not their level of ambition which is dangerously inadequate. QELROs must reflect the top end of the 25-40% range.
AAUs should not be carried forward. This surplus undermines the effectiveness of action in the post-2012 period and beyond.
The flexible mechanisms need to be more environmentally robust. Countries allowed to benefit must have a QELRO in Kyoto 2 that creates reductions from 2012 emissions. Additionality and baseline rules for the CDM and JI should be stronger, with sustainable development monitoring for the CDM.
And with such low levels of ambition, the KP must have an adjustment procedure for unilateral increases, and if for longer than five years, an obligatory ambition review.
The Kyoto Protocol defines essential elements: carbon budgets, legally-binding economy-wide targets, common rules-based accounting and monitoring systems and five year commitment periods. Improve these architectural elements and the agreement in 2015 will benefit.