http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 16.31Change: -0.01
R/$ = 14.22Change: 0.03
Au 1292.99 $/ozChange: 1.84
Pt 1079.50 $/ozChange: 3.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Apr 20, 2011

Extending Kyoto Protocol critical – Molewa

Back
Africa|Environment|Gas|Technology|Africa|Operations
Africa|Environment|Gas|Technology|Africa|Operations
africa-company|environment|gas|technology|africa|operations



South Africa does not want the next UN Climate Change Conference, which it will host in Durban in November, to be the "death" of the Kyoto Protocol, says Environment Minister Edna Molewa.

Briefing the media at Parliament on Wednesday, ahead of debate on her department's Budget vote, she said government viewed continuation of the protocol as critical.

The first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol – an international agreement, reached in 1997, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – expires late next year.

The Durban conference, more formally, the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, aims to build on agreements reached during last year's conference – held in Cancun, Mexico – and establish a new global climate change regime.

Molewa said South Africa's role as conference host was to "facilitate a programme that will make us reach... a desirable outcome that continues to take forward the issues of climate change and not take them backwards".

Since Cancun, government had been listening carefully to what was being said by other countries.

"We've now got more or less an idea of what other countries are saying, and where are they likely to want to settle, or even the direction they want to go."

One of these was concern over extending the Kyoto Protocol with a so-called second commitment period.

"That period is quite critical for all of us, because in the Kyoto Protocol we carry the rules of operations, the rules of agreement, and none of us would like to lose those rules of operation.

"There are very serious ongoing discussions with other countries."

Some developed countries were saying they did not want to get into the second commitment of the Kyoto Protocol.

"We are negotiating, we are pushing hard. We believe that this is an area that we can't leave unattended, and something's got to come out of Durban, without having Durban being the death of the Kyoto Protocol, because that we wouldn't want to happen."

Molewa said South Africa would push harder to increase action by countries on controlling their carbon emissions, a major greenhouse gas.

There were also other issues that had "fallen through the cracks", including carbon "equity" and the two-track commitment to actions.

"We are saying this must be one track for developing countries, and the other for developed. There has to be a distinction between developed and emerging economies. The latter must be given the space and time to develop.

"This needs to be dealt with quite thoroughly. We don't think we should come out of Durban not actually having resolved this matter," she said.

Molewa also said a failure to implement some of the decisions that came out of Cancun could pose a "very big threat" to the Durban discussions.

This included the establishment of a $100-billion Green Climate Fund by 2020, and the transfer of technology to combat climate change to developing countries.

"These issues are very, very critical, in that the commitments made in supporting capacity and the transfer of technology in these funds is very important for developing countries.

"If the support doesn't come forth, this is actually a very big threat to the discussions in Durban. We think this is one area we've really got to focus on," she said.

Edited by: Sapa

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here
 
Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Latest News
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa
Cabinet has extended the contract of Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) director-general Nosipho Ngcaba and approved the appointment of Limpho Makotoko as the new DEA COO.     “Under the leadership of Ngcaba, the DEA has consistently received clean and...
Mzwandile Masina
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has invited companies to participate in a trade and investment mission to Ghana and Nigeria from August 8 to 12.   Companies in the agriculture and agroprocessing sectors, built environment professionals, automotive and...
Cabinet has approved the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) 2016/17 to 2018/19, which seeks to achieve a higher-impact industrial policy in difficult economic circumstances, including the difficulties faced by the domestic steel industry and the drought which has...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Automotive 2016: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Automotive 2016 Report provides an overview of South Africa’s automotive industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into local demand and production, vehicle imports and exports, investment and competitiveness in the sector, as well...
Energy Roundup – April 2016 (PDF Report)
The April 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for March 2016 and includes details of a North Gauteng High Court Judge’s dismissal of a court application to postpone the 9.4% electricity tariff increase, which the National Energy Regulator of South...
Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2016 report provides an overview of South Africa’s electricity sector, focusing on State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Energy Roundup – March 2016 (PDF Report)
The March 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for February 2016 and includes details of the Department of Energy’s plans to announce the preferred bidders for the first tranche of the coal independent power producer procurement programme; the Council...
Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2016 Report examines South Africa’s steel industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the global steel market and and particularly into South South Africa’s steel sector, including production and consumption, main...
Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The two spent-fuel pools at Eskom’s 1 800 MW Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, will be full by 2018, increasing the urgency on the State-owned utility to begin pursuing alternative storage options. Koeberg has, over the past 32 years, accumulated a...
South Africa lacks the skills necessary to implement the government’s plan to build 9.6 GWe of new nuclear energy capacity, warns nuclear-qualified Quality Strategies International CEO David Crawford. “Apart from the concern about the affordability of the programme,...
DOROS HADJIZENONOS The 700-series devices provide network security monitoring, app control, URL filtering, VPN security, antivirus, antispam, antibot, and advanced intrusion prevention and detection functionality
Cybersecurity multinational Check Point has released its latest 700-series cybersecurity systems for small businesses, which draw on its international threat intelligence to provide up-to-date cybersecurity, says Check Point South Africa country manager Doros...
Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a marked slip in new-vehicle sales in 2015 compared with 2014, with sales dropping from 5 897 units to 5 300 units. The decline came as the South African new truck and bus market declined from 31 558 units in 2014...
Group of 20 (G-20) economies threatened to penalise havens that don’t share information on their banking clients after the leak of the Panama Papers provoked a global uproar over tax evasion. The G-20 will consider “defensive measures” against financial centers and...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $149 Close
Subscribe Now for $149