What did the rich countries do to meet Kyoto commitments?

September 16, 2011

   
Q1. What did the rich countries do to meet Kyoto commitments?
 
Q2. How do we all share growth and atmosphere equitably?
 
Q3. What is the leapfrog option for the South so that it can avoid emission?
 
What did the rich countries do to meet Kyoto commitments?



This graph tells the whole story. The blue line in graph denoting changes in CO2
emission for Annex 1 countries is completely deceptive. It shows a negative growth that suggests a reduction of emission in the rich countries. But there are countries bunched
in that group knows as ‘economies in transition’ (EIT), countries that have joined
Europe recently and have low economic activities. Rich industrialised countries
are actually hiding behind these low income countries with low emission as shown in
green line. The picture becomes clearer when we exclude those EIT countries and
the graph in red line shows a clear positive growth in emission from the rich countries
in Annex 1.
 
 
When we look at the growth of CO2 emission of selected rich countries between 1990 and 2006, a period when they were supposed to reduce emission, almost all countries barring a handful have actually increased their emission manifold.

 

Click here for sectorwise emission profile of industrialized economies.[.pdf]