Germany chemical industry disappointed with Doha climate outcome

10 December 2012 01:36  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Germany’s chemical industry is disappointed with the outcome of last week's United Nations climate change conference in Doha, Qatar, Frankfurt-based trade group VCI said on Sunday.

Delegates at Doha agreed to extend the Kyoto climate change treaty by eight years to 2020, and to work out a climate pact covering all countries by 2015.

However, VCI general manager Utz Tillmann said that at Doha countries with large carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, such as the US and China, still did not commit to specific greenhouse gas reduction targets.

“Climate protection will only work when all countries participate, we need a climate agreement that binds both industrial and developing countries,” Tillmann said.

Otherwise, chemical producer in the EU will be at a competitive disadvantage vis-à-vis producers from countries that are not bound to reduce emissions, he said.

While the EU is committed to Kyoto and takes a leading global role in reducing emissions, it is responsible for only about 10% of global CO2 emissions, he said.

Tillmann added that on a per capita basis, China’s CO2 emissions had increased to 7.2 tonnes/year in recent years, whereas per capita emissions in the EU decreased to 7.5 tonnes/year - underlining that Europe managed to reduce emissions whereas developing countries are coming under increasing pressure to take action.

Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, said that Doha laid the basis for a new global climate deal by 2015.

"In Doha, we have crossed the bridge from the old climate regime to the new system, Hedegaard said. “We are now on our way to the 2015 global deal,” she added.

Hedegaard also noted that at Doha delegates agreed to establish “institutional arrangements” to address loss and damage associated with the impacts of climate change in particularly vulnerable developing countries.


By: Stefan Baumgarten
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