Sep 12, 2011
EU wants firm decisions on legally binding climate agreementBack
© Reuse this
The Bali Roadmap of 2007, which was adopted as a two-year process en route to reaching a legally binding agreement in Copenhagen in 2009, did not yield results, and thus, the EU now wants decisions showing certainty that a legally binding agreement would be concluded at some stage.
French ambassador for climate change negotiations Serge Lepeltier said last week that a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol was important, but not enough. France, which forms part of the EU, was not expecting a legally binding agreement in Durban, but Lepeltier said that it wanted to see firm decisions on a process towards an overarching agreement.
“We need a decision for a process towards a legally binding agreement. An agenda, and a deadline,” he stated, adding that member states would need to move more quickly on this.
Lepeltier seemed upbeat that this could be achieved in Durban, particularly since negotiating blocs which had been pushing the issue aside, in favour of Kyoto Protocol clarity, now seemed open to discussing a framework towards a legally binding agreement.
Mali, part of the Africa grouping had previously not been willing to discuss a process towards a legally binding agreement until the issue of the Kyoto Protocol was finalised, now seemed more open to discussion on a legally binding agreement.
South Africa was also viewed as important in this discussion, as the country held sway within the Basic grouping (Brazil, South Africa, India and China), and if these countries agreed to outline a process towards a legally binding agreement, it was likely that other developed countries, such as the US, would consider doing the same.
While in Pretoria for an informal Ministerial meeting on Friday, Lepeltier noted that for Durban to be considered a success, it would require more than just implementation of previous agreements.
The so-called ‘pre-COP’ meetings, such as last week’s informal Ministerial meeting, and the formal meeting scheduled for Panama in October, were viewed as crucial for the negotiations.
The Durban meeting was the seventeenth conference of the parties, and would take place from November 28 to December 9.
Edited by: Mariaan Webb© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Environment News
Updated 9 minutes ago A challenging construction sector, difficult contractual environment and poor operational performance have contributed to JSE-listed construction company Basil Read reporting an R820.9-million aftertax loss for the year ended December 31, 2014. “Lossmaking contracts...
Updated 52 minutes ago Big cities across the world struggle with crime, and Zimbabwe’s Harare is no exception. Naison Gumpo, a journalism student studying in the capital, knows this only too well.
Updated 53 minutes ago There is a high possibility of rolling blackouts on Friday, Eskom said on its Twitter account. "The load shedding prognosis today [Friday] remains high and is dependent on the performance of the power plant," the power utility tweeted.
Recent Research Reports
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
This Week's Magazine
Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review. Capex...
After several years of navigating project-threatening red tape and currency fluctuations, the 4.4 MW Bronkhorstspruit biogas power plant, which will supply clean energy to a leading automotive manufacturer in Gauteng, is expected to enter production before June....
South African paper and pulp producer Sappi reported earlier this month that it would build a pilot plant for the production of low-cost Cellulose NanoFibrils, or CNF (nanocellulose) at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands.
The long-term outlook for Nigeria is a country that has the potential to be very strong. So affirmed International Monetary Fund (IMF) Nigeria Mission Chief and Senior Resident Representative Dr Gene Leon on recently. "But we are starting from a point of huge...
Poor infrastructure planning and inadequate maintenance are becoming increasingly problematic for new developments and the associated infrastructure required to support such developments.