France to ratify Kyoto Protocol amendment

Communiqué issued following the Council of Ministers’ meeting (excerpts)

Paris, 9 April 2014

Ratification of the amendment to the Kyoto Protocol of 11 December 1997

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development presented a bill authorizing the ratification of the amendment to the Kyoto Protocol of 11 December 1997.

The Kyoto Protocol, which was adopted in 1997 and came into force in 2005, is the only legally binding instrument to date whose aim is to reduce or limit greenhouse gas emissions in industrialized countries as well as economies in transition. The protocol’s first commitment period, from 2008 to 2012, was extended for the years 2013 to 2020 by means of an amendment adopted in Doha on 8 December 2012.

In 2008, the European Union created a legal framework for the period until 2020 which will enable it to adhere to the target it set itself for the new period. The climate and energy package in fact envisages a 20% reduction from 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU.

While the amendment to the Kyoto Protocol cannot alone halt climate disruption because it covers only 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions – only certain developed states having again committed themselves to this framework –, the new period it opens is essential because it enables the transition to be ensured until an agreement on the climate is adopted in Paris in December 2015, to come into force in 2020.

In view of the urgent need to act to limit the average global temperature rise to 2ºC above pre-industrial levels, the 195 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are already working to draw up this future agreement, which will have to be ambitious and universal. (…)./.

Dernière modification : 12/04/2014

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