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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Parties’ Submissions on Consideration of the Scale of Emission Reductions to be Achieved by Annex I Parties

12 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released submissions by parties on “Consideration of the scale of emission reductions to be achieved by Annex I Parties in aggregate, of the contribution of Annex I Parties individually or jointly, consistent with Article 4 of the Kyoto Protocol, to the scale of emission reductions to be achieved by Annex I Parties in aggregate, and of other relevant issues arising from the implementation of the work programme of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol as contained in document FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/8, paragraph 49 (c)” (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.1).

The submissions cover the following elements: the duration of the commitment period(s); how quantified emission limitation and reduction objectives could be expressed, which includes how the base year is expressed; mitigation potential of Annex I Parties, including factors and indicators underpinning it; the coverage of greenhouse gases (GHGs), sectors and source categories; common metrics to calculate the carbon dioxide equivalence of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks; possible approaches targeting sectoral emissions; how approaches to limit or reduce emissions of GHGs not controlled by the Montreal Protocol from aviation and marine bunker fuels could be used by Annex I Parties as a means to reach their emission reduction targets, taking into account Article 2, paragraph 2, of the Kyoto Protocol; and analysis of efforts and achievements to date, including during the first commitment period.

The submissions come from the following parties: Belarus; Croatia; the Czech Republic on behalf of the European Community (EC); Iceland; Indonesia; Japan; New Zealand; Norway; Saudi Arabia; Switzerland; and Ukraine. The EC submission is supported by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. [The Document]