Agreement on sectoral approaches slipping away

Efforts to develop sectoral approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as part of the UN talks on climate change are failing, the chair of the working group on long-term cooperative action (AWG-LCA) said on Tuesday.

As it stands the text developed under the LCA group, one of Copenhagen's two negotiation tracks, refers only to cooperative sectoral approaches and sector-specific actions in agriculture, ENDS understands.

This will be a disappointment to European companies that had seen sectoral agreements as a way to shield them from carbon leakage risks, particularly in the cement and steel sectors. An alternative is to give them extra free carbon allowances.

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