National Commitments, Compliance and the Future of the Kyoto Protocol

CEPS Policy Brief No. 226

8 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2010

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Diarmuid Torney

University College Dublin (UCD)

Noriko Fujiwara

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Date Written: November 26, 2010

Abstract

Among the many unresolved issues on the agenda of the forthcoming UN climate change negotiations in Cancún is the issue of what will happen to the Kyoto Protocol, since at present, there will be no targets for greenhouse (GHG) emissions from developed countries under the Protocol beyond 2012. To illuminate this aspect of the Protocol, this Policy Brief looks closer at the nature of the commitments and the compliance regime under the Kyoto Protocol. We argue that the compliance regime of the Protocol is not as robust as many of the Protocol’s supporters might think. The precise legal form of the commitments in the climate regime may have little impact on whether countries actually achieve their targets. Instead, we argue, negotiators should focus on agreeing a framework of commitments that are credible and enforceable, rather than focus excessively on the legal form of those commitments.

Keywords: UN, UN climate change, negotiations, negotiations in Cancún, Cancún, Kyoto, Kyoto Protocol, protocol, GHG, greenhouse, emissions, 2012, negotiators, commitments, targets

Suggested Citation

Torney, Diarmuid and Fujiwara, Noriko, National Commitments, Compliance and the Future of the Kyoto Protocol (November 26, 2010). CEPS Policy Brief No. 226, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1719503

Diarmuid Torney

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

Belfield, Dublin 4 4
Ireland

Noriko Fujiwara (Contact Author)

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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