NZ rejects new Kyoto pledge, Australia to join

Australia is willing to join a second Kyoto commitment period, but that move will be tempered by New Zealand’s refusal

New Zealand’s climate change minister Tim Groser announced on 9 November that his country will not sign up to a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol at the forthcoming international climate meeting in Doha.

The news emerged as his Australian counterpart, Greg Combet, confirmed his country was ready to join a second commitment period if certain conditions were met.

“We have decided it is in New Zealand’s best interest to… take our next [greenhouse gas emission reduction] commitment under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change rather than the Kyoto Protocol,” Groser said.

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