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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
12 November 2006
Australia will push for a New Kyoto involving all the world’s major emitters at the annual United Nations climate change conference in Kenya, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said today.
“The future of the global environment and economy demands strong and effective global action on climate change,” Senator Campbell said.
Senator Campbell will lead the Australian delegation at the United Nations Framework on Climate Change.
“In Nairobi I will continue Australia’s push for the world to develop a new global agreement that involves all major emitters, that will deliver real benefits for the environment, and that fits the national circumstances and economic aspirations of all countries.
“This week I have already spoken to my counterparts in a number of countries about how we can move towards what the Prime Minister has referred to as the New Kyoto.
“We will be continuing these discussions in Nairobi because it is clear from every analysis of climate change, including the comprehensive economic analysis from Sir Nicholas Stern, that we need a concerted global approach that involves the world’s largest greenhouse emitters including the United States and China.
“According to the World Energy Outlook released this week by the International Energy Agency, China will emit more greenhouse gas than any other country, including the United States, by 2010 and India is currently the sixth largest emitter in the world.
“The world is waking up to the reality that all major emitters must be a part of any effective solution to cut global emissions.
“The problem with the old Kyoto Protocol is that it does not require fast-growing developing nations such as China and India to do a single thing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In fact under the old Kyoto global greenhouse gas emissions will increase by 40%.
“This is exactly why Australia is pushing hard for an effective international response to climate change.
“We have already sought to provide leadership in a number of areas.
“We played a key role in establishing the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate – a partnership which includes countries such as China, the United States and India and represents about half of the world’s emissions, energy use, GDP and population.
“At next week's UN meeting, Australia will also be chairing discussions on the long-term future action on climate change – a key forum for discussing what comes after the old Kyoto.
“Australia is also the permanent chair of the negotiating group of non-European industrialised countries, including the United States, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and Russia.
“Australia also recently led a successful international push for changes to the international agreement known as the London Protocol which will enable carbon to be stored under the ocean floor in a safe, responsible and environmentally effective way, while potentially making a substantial contribution to educing global greenhouse gas emissions.
“Australia is also working with 21 countries and the European Commission through the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum on the development of improved cost-effective technologies for carbon capture and storage.
“While in Nairobi, Senator Campbell will also look to extend Australia’s programme of practical international action on climate change and will hold a number of bilateral meetings with Ministers rom key countries.
“Slogans are simple, but Australia is interested in real solutions that will make a real difference – the global environment and economy demands nothing less.”
Rob Broadfield, (02) 6277 7640, 0409 493 902.