Australian PM wants APEC summit to override Kyoto Protocol on climate change and create alternative involving developed and developing countries
Posted by gmarkets on 3 September, 2007
John Howard wanted next week’s heavyweight APEC summit to override the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, according to The Daily Telegraph (28/8/2007, p.8). Howard wants new deal: Howard believed the meeting of 21 national leaders should create an alternative involving developed and developing countries. He described the Kyoto Protocol as a flawed and ineffective response to climate change because many countries were exempted.
PM: 40pc of GHG come from exempt states: “APEC economies that do not have obligations to limit their emissions under the Kyoto Protocol account for almost half of GDP in APEC and at least 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions,” the Prime Minister told the Lowy Institute in Sydney.
APEC includes all top energy users: APEC members account for 60 per cent of the world’s energy demand, which was expected to double by 2030, and included the world’s three biggest energy users — the US, Russia and China.
Labor wants Kyoto ratification: Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd also wanted the summit to strengthen measures on climate change but he based this on Australia endorsing Kyoto.
The Daily Telegraph, 28/8/2007, p. 8