Call to abandon ‘outdated’ Kyoto pact after 2020

MPs have called for greater UK and EU leadership in international climate negotiations and adoption of the new Durban climate framework at Doha.

The Kyoto Protocol’s second commitment period should be replaced by a wider global climate agreement in 2020, according to a report by the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee.1

MPs on the committee warn that, given the short timescale, focus is needed to negotiate the technicalities of a new deal by 2015.

Launching the report, the committee’s chair Tim Yeo said the distinction between developed and developing countries set out in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol is now hopelessly out of date. Russia, Canada and Japan have also ruled themselves out of a new Kyoto period, he noted. 

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