Huhne: EU cannot achieve legally binding deal alone
A legally binding deal on global emissions cannot be achieved by the European Union alone, according to UK energy secretary Chris Huhne.
Speaking today (December 8) at COP17 in the South African city of Durban, the minister said he hoped all countries would ‘commit now’ to a comprehensive global legal framework.
But he claimed, while Europe could lead the way but the continent could not do it all on its own.
Mr Huhne said: “Together with the EU, we have clearly stated that we are willing to move to a second Kyoto commitment period, maintaining ambition and environmental integrity.
“But to do that in isolation makes no sense, a second commitment period covering only the EU and two or three other developed countries would control less than 15% of global emissions – some 85% of global emissions would remain uncontrolled.”
However, Christian Aid’s climate talk’s expert, Mohamed Adow, disagreed with Mr Huhne speech.
He said: “The EU can force other countries’ hands by signing up to a second round of Kyoto commitments.
“Once it has agreed to stay with Kyoto, the EU could then say to the other major players here: “Look, we’re doing the right thing to help protect us all from a terrifying future of climate disasters.
“Now it’s your turn – what are you going to do?”
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