Japanese protocol rumours grip climate talks

Environmental groups "dismayed " at emission targets in suspected Japanese protocol

Rumours of a Japanese proposal for a global protocol to cut greenhouse gas emissions were today the centre of focus at the international climate change negotiations going on in Bonn until Thursday (ENDS Daily 28 July). The proposal is said to give developed countries a choice of agreeing to limit emissions to three tonnes per capita by 2010 or to reduce national emissions to 1990 levels or below. Details of the proposal were revealed over the weekend by Eco, a newsletter for non-governmental organisations. It is believed to have been presented in a bilateral, closed, meeting between the US and Japanese delegations. According to Eco, if one assumes that countries will choose the option that allows the highest emissions ceiling, then total emissions by all developed countries could increase by 10%, Japanese emissions by 20% and EU emissions by up to 30%. The newsletter says the proposal would "kill the Kyoto negotiations if adopted". However, ENDS Daily understands that a Japanese official this morning said the Eco report was based on "erroneous information".

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