At the December 2012 Climate Conference in Doha, Qatar governments agreed that developed countries would increase their ambition under the Kyoto Protocol for a second period of commitments running from 2013 to 2020.

They agreed:

  • Each developed country party will revisit its quantified emission limitation and reduction commitment (or ‘target’) for the second commitment period (2012-2020) at the latest by 2014.
  • This incresae is to be in line with an aggregate effort of “at least 25 to 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020”.
  • To ensure this increase in ambition the party shall either adjust the amount of pollution it is permitted to emit (assigned amount), or cancel emission rights (assigned amount units)
  • Parties are to communicate by 30 April 2014 information relating to their intention to increase ambition including:
    • Progress made towards achieving its commitment
    • Most recently updated projections for emissions until 2020
    • Potential for increasing ambition
    • These shall be considered a high level ministerial round table during the first session 2014
    • The secretariat to prepare a report on the round table for consideration at the tenth meeting of Kyoto Parties in December 2014.

    The decision is available here and relevant paragraphs are extracted

Paragraphs 7 to 11 of Decision 1/CMP8 increasing ambition under the Kyoto Protocol

7. Decides that each Party included in Annex I will revisit its quantified emission limitation and reduction commitment for the second commitment period at the latest by 2014. In order to increase the ambition of its commitment, such Party may decrease the percentage inscribed in the third column of Annex B of its quantified emission limitation and reduction commitment, in line with an aggregate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions not controlled by the Montreal Protocol by Parties included in Annex I of at least 25 to 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020;

8. Decides also that in order to ensure that an increase in ambition referred to in Article 3, paragraphs 1 ter and 1 quater, is effective, the Party concerned shall either adjust the calculation of its assigned amount or cancel, upon the establishment of its assigned amount, a number of assigned amount units (AAUs) equivalent to the decrease in its quantified emission limitation and reduction commitment inscribed in the third column in Annex B as contained in annex I to this decision through transferring these units to a cancellation account established in its national registry for this purpose, and communicating such adjustment of the calculation or transfer to the secretariat;

9. Requests each Party with a quantified emission limitation and reduction commitment inscribed in the third column of Annex B as contained in annex I to this decision to submit to the secretariat, by 30 April 2014, information relating to its intention to increase the ambition of its commitment, including progress made towards achieving its quantified emission limitation and reduction commitment, the most recently updated projections for greenhouse gas emissions until the end of the second commitment period, and the potential for increasing ambition;

10. Decides further that the information submitted by Parties included in Annex I in accordance with paragraph 9 above shall be considered by Parties at a high level ministerial round table to be held during the first sessional period in 2014, and requests the secretariat to prepare a report on the round table for consideration by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol at its tenth session;

11. Takes note of the estimated budgetary implications of the activities to be undertaken by the secretariat pursuant to the provisions contained in paragraph 10 above and requests that the actions of the secretariat called for in in paragraph 10 above be undertaken subject to the availability of financial resources;

 

 

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