The European Parliament's environment committee will vote on the EU's negotiating position for the next round of UN climate talks on Tuesday. Last week, member states failed to iron out their differences on AAU carbon credits.
Some committee members have tabled amendments to guarantee the environmental integrity of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol by making sure that the carry-over of surplus AAUs to the second commitment period is limited.
German MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz for example stresses that the carry-over of AAUs "can significantly impact the environmental integrity of the second commitment period", while his colleague Sabine Wils notes that "even a partial carry-over… represents a considerable setback for global climate protection".
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