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Federal Environment Minister Altmaier Welcomes Doha Agreement and Kyoto Extension

The Doha conference was a  “Climate Gateway” that opended the door for the future of international climate protection, Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) said in view of the results of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha. The conference agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol until 2020., but important questions remained unresolved. 

The current commitment Kyoto Protocol period expires at the end of this year. Besides, delegates adopted a work programme for a comprehensive legally binding climate protection agreement to be agreed by 2015.

Despite the fact that emissions under the Kyoto Protocola only account for roughly 15% of global emissions, the second commitment period serves as a bridge for a future agreement with robust rules for offsetting emission reductions and reporting obligations, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) that is headed by Mr Altmaier, pointed out. Besides more robust rules for non-Kyoto member states were agreed, BMU added.

All member states were asked to increase their climate protection efforts until 2020 and raise their minimum targets. To this end a summit of the heads of state on climate protection shall take place in 2014. It remains to be seen what substantial agreements can be reached by then.

Germany pledged approximately EUR 1.8 billion for climate protection projects in developing countries in 2013, thus laying (together with other major donor countries) the foundation for increasing climate protection activities in the developing world, BMU said.

Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety [1]

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