Kyoto has no room for hot air!
On December the 4th during the COP18 taking place in Doha, Qatar, NGOs held a series of actions, asking the governments to solve the issue of a gigantic surplus of Kyoto emission permits. At the moment the volume of this so-called hot air is about 13 gigatons. Russia is held accountable for around 5 of them, and it has not even announced its emissions reduction targets. Along with Ukraine and Poland Russia firmly stands for the carry-over and ability to trade AAUs during the second commitment period of the Kyoto protocol and beyond, which clogs the negotiations.
If all this hot air is used in the future agreement, then in fact it would mean that actual emissions will not have to be reduced until 2026. This round of climate talks will end in 3 days and the countries have to do their best in saving the climate.
Among the organizations that arranged and held the actions were Carbon Market Watch, WWF, RSEU Climate Secretariat, youth delegates from Bangladesh, Fiji, Nepal, Arab countries, as well as representatives of Europarliament from Germany and Austria.
During the action the delegates and other participants heading to the conference were handed out fake hot air carbon credits. Then there were activists standing with posters calling for the abolition of AAUs and their trade. Then those who got the credits were advised to dispose of them the only proper way – by dumping them into the trash bag. Doing so was received with applause from the organizers.
The second action took place during the day at the conference center. A person symbolizing the Kyoto protocol, covered with balloons that were representing carbon emissions, asked the countries to help him get rid of the 13 balloons that were impeding him from moving forward. Representatives of countries and regions of the world as well as several European politicians called on to the governments to get rid of the AAUs surplus by bursting the balloons. As the result the KP was set free.
NGOs are calling upon the official delegations present in Doha to act similarly and thus save the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and the following agreement from this sort of loopholes and to join forces in making these talks a success.