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.”