Environmental Audit Committee

21 July 2006 NEW INQUIRY

21 July 2006 NEW INQUIRY

The Kyoto Protocol: Beyond 2012
COP12 and COP/MOP2, Nairobi 6-17 November 2006

The next round of talks under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol are due to take place this year in Nairobi, between 6th and 17th November.  The talks will principally comprise COP12, the twelfth Conference of Parties (the Parties being those signed up to the Convention), and COP/MOP2, the second Meeting of Parties (the Parties being those signed up to the Protocol: these Meetings were only triggered once the Kyoto Protocol came into effect on 16 February 2005).

COP12 and COP/MOP2 will address a number of issues relating to the implementation of Convention and the Protocol, concerning adaptation and mitigation measures  Alongside this, there will be talks held by the ad hoc working group established in Montreal (venue of COP11 and COP/MOP1) to discuss the further commitments of developed countries after 2012.  The 2nd workshop under the UNFCCC on dialogue on long-term cooperative action to address climate change will also take place.  
Discussions about what will follow on from the first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, which ends in 2012, are critical for maintaining international momentum in the struggle against climate change.  Nairobi will be an opportunity for those signed up to the Convention and to the Protocol to discuss how to move forward after 2012, in terms of targets for reductions in emissions and in terms of structures to manage and assess those reductions.

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) invites organisations and members of the public to submit memoranda setting out their views on this inquiry.  Some specific issues on which the Sub-committee would welcome comments are set out below, although respondents are free to comment on any issues which they consider relevant:

  •  What is the likely outcome from the meetings in Nairobi in November? Will the Parties to the Protocol be able to maintain whatever momentum they possessed at Montreal in 2005?

  • What is the likely shape of an agreement post 2012 which will (presumably) include at least all those currently signed up to the Protocol?  To what extent will the current stance of the United States of America and other countries not signed up to the Protocol influence the discussions concerning any post-2012 framework?

  • What should be the position of the UK Government and of the EU in the discussions? Is the UK Government and the other governments of the EU in a good position to show leadership? 

Written evidence should be sent to the Committee by 25 September 2006, by e-mail to eacom@parliament.uk and in WORD format.   A brief guidance note on the preparation and submission of evidence is available on the Committee’s web pages.

For further information on this inquiry, please telephone 020-7219-0248 or e-mail the Committee staff at eacom@parliament.uk .

Notes for Editors

1. Details of all the Committee’s press releases and inquiries, together with its Reports, oral evidence and other publications, are available on the Committee’s Internet home page, which can be found at: www.parliament.uk/eacom

Information about COP and MOP in the context of the UNFCCC can be found at http://unfccc.int/2860.php