Submitted on Monday 22nd August 2011
Published on Tuesday 23rd August 2011
Current status: Closed
Closed: Thursday 23rd August 2012
Climate Change: negotiate rates of convergence of per capita carbon entitlements
We support growing calls for HMG to propose a climate deal based on Contraction & Convergence [C&C] at the UNFCCC, but urge it to negotiate the rate of convergence within C&C to equal per capita CO2 emissions entitlements globally. http://www.gci.org.uk/ http://www.candcfoundation.org/
By prescribing convergence by 2050, the ‘Danish Text’ alienated many nations at COP-15 because such slow convergence would give western nations free use of finite 'carbon space' which faster convergence would allocate to developing nations. A 2009 Chinese paper, noting the Global Commons Institute proposed a range of convergence rates, argued that 'convergence of entitlements should occur immediately’. http://www.gci.org.uk/Documents/China_Research.pdf
HMG can reconcile these positions by recalling support for C&C from India, Africa Group, China and USA at Kyoto (COP-3) and agreeing to negotiate for a faster rate of convergence to equal per capita emissions entitlements at COP-17.
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