Dear Prime Minister,
We are writing to urge Australia to join the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and announce this intention in advance of the upcoming UN Climate Summit (COP18) in Doha.
We congratulate the Australian Government on introducing a carbon price and on steps taken to move towards a low carbon economy. These achievements, along with Australia’s reputation as a responsible international player, mean Australia is exceptionally well placed to have a positive impact on negotiations aimed at finalising a comprehensive global climate agreement by 2015.
A clear signal, made in advance of the Doha Summit, of Australia’s intention to join the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol would ensure the negotiations have positive momentum.
On the other hand, we believe that failure to join the second commitment period, or delays in doing so, would erode Australia’s standing within the UN climate negotiations and undermine our ability to influence other major emitting nations.
While we acknowledge that “Kyoto 2” does not cover all emitters, it provides the foundation for a rules-based, global response to climate change, and provides the legal and political bridge to a comprehensive global climate agreement in 2015. Its mechanisms form the basis of the global carbon market, enabling countries to meet their emission reduction targets cost-effectively. Joining will guarantee Australia has access to these mechanisms. It will also provide a clear signal that Australia is serious about global action and give other countries confidence as negotiations continue to secure the 2015 global agreement.
Through your carbon price and associated legislation, Australia has the necessary domestic mechanisms in place to meet any target submitted under the Protocol in a cost effective manner.
While the importance of signing up to a second phase of the Kyoto Protocol cannot be overstated, we note that this alone will not meet Australia’s fair share of the global effort. Current pledged emissions reductions, including Australia’s, are insufficient to avoid dangerous climate change. According to UNEP there is a gap of around 11 gigatonnes of CO2-e between current pledges and reductions required to keep global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.
To ensure Australia meets its fair share of the global effort, the Australian Government should, as part of a continued commitment under the Kyoto Protocol, commit to emissions reductions of at
least 25% by 2020 and work proactively with other countries towards further increases in ambition.
Australia’s key neighbours and trading partners in the Asia-Pacific are acutely vulnerable in a changing climate, but lack the resources to adapt and mitigate.
We therefore request that Australia also commit to expanding its financial support for adaptation and mitigation efforts in developing countries, including supporting the development of new and
innovative sources of climate finance, and ensuring climate finance benefits the poorest and most vulnerable individuals and communities.
We are confident that Australia’s domestic emissions reductions, support for a global climate agreement, and continuing financial support for adaptation and mitigation in developing countries,
will have a positive material impact on Australia’s future and are firmly in Australia’s national interest.
Civil society organizations, both in Australia and internationally, will be monitoring these events closely and are looking to Australia to play a positive role. We look forward to your earliest announcement of Australia’s support for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.
CARE: Defending Dignity, Fighting Poverty
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On November 7, 2012, CARE joined six other major international environment and development NGOs in signing this letter to The Hon Greg Combet MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency...
On November 7, 2012, CARE joined six other major international environment and development NGOs in signing this letter to The Hon Greg Combet MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in Australia.
We ask that Australia join the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol in advance of the upcoming UN Climate Summit in Doha.
Making this commitment means Australia will focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.