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EU says open to extending Kyoto Protocol under conditions

10-11-2011 10:00 BJT

LUXEMBOURG, Oct.10 (Xinhua) -- European Union environment ministers on Monday said the EU would be willing to consider a 2nd commitment period of the Kyoto climate change protocol that expires at the end of 2012 under certain conditions.

In a conclusion of an environment council held Monday in Luxembourg, the ministers said the EU would be open to a 2nd commitment period of the Kyoto protocol on the condition that it was "the last one before convergence between the Kyoto Protocol and Convention outcomes and that in any case it should last no longer than 2020."

Environment ministers had been discussing for hours prior to this conclusion in a bid to establish an EU position for the upcoming 17th conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled from Nov. 28 to Dec.9 in Durban, South Africa.

Commenting on Monday's conclusion, Greenpeace EU climate policy director Joris den Blanken said that it was "encouraging" to see the EU support a continued Kyoto Protocol.

"Extending it beyond 2012 will be crucial to unlocking international climate negotiations and presents a strategic opportunity," he said.

The current Kyoto Protocol has served as the only global and legally binding pact to deal with climate change and global warming, which was signed by never ratified by the United States, the largest emitter in developed world.

The EU, whose member states are responsible for about 11 percent of global carbon emissions, is set to finalize its position in Durban at the bloc's summit on Oct. 23 in Brussels.

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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