Watch Live

Tweet TWEET

New Climate Accord Must Account for Asia Growth, Chruszczow Says

A new global climate-protection agreement must be flexible enough to account for a growing share of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions being produced in Asia, a senior Polish climate official said.

With 50 percent of global manufacturing capacity expected to move to Asia in the next 20 years, a new climate treaty scheduled to be ready by 2015 needs to take into account that future responsibility for emissions is shifting, Tomasz Chruszczow, Poland’s special envoy for climate change, said yesterday in an interview in Bonn.

“That’s why this new agreement needs to be flexible enough and forward-looking enough,” Chruszczow said. “It’s time to apply the rule of equity, of common but differentiated responsibility based on respective capabilities, in a different manner.”

More than 190 nations are trying to draft a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the only United National pact that sets binding emissions-reduction targets. Parties to the UN-administered talks will meet in Warsaw in November, in Lima, Peru, in late 2014 and in Paris in 2015, where a treaty is scheduled to be agreed.

The Kyoto Protocol divides nations into two groups: developed countries with binding reduction targets, and developing countries, which may take voluntary actions.

“Continuing this distinction won’t save the world,” Chruszczow said. “For the future, what is hapening in these emerging economies like China, Indonesia, will have a major impact on global climate.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Alessandro Vitelli in London at avitelli1@bloomberg.net; Stefan Nicola in Berlin at snicola2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Lars Paulsson at lpaulsson@bloomberg.net

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.