Stop Australia's Kyoto loophole

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Australia’s emissions from electricity, transport and industrial production are still rising.

Having chosen far less ambitious emission reduction targets than other countries in the past, Australia is now not only claiming to have ‘overachieved' on those weak targets, but is also seeking to use so-called 'carryover' Kyoto credits to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement. This is no more than an accounting trick. 

Most of the claimed ‘overachievement’ derives directly from the fact that Australia had substantial domestic deforestation emissions in 1990. It would be perverse to reward Australia in 2030 for the existence of large-scale deforestation that took place forty years earlier. Yet Australia is claiming it will meet its Paris Agreement commitment to reduce emissions by 26-28 per cent by relying on the use of 'carryover' Kyoto credits.

There is currently no legal basis for the ‘carryover’ of pre-2021 units from the Kyoto Protocol for use under the Paris Agreement. The Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement are separate treaties.

Australia's plans to use 'carryover' Kyoto credits undermines the goals and principles of the Paris Agreement and would only encourage other countries to follow suit.

Add your name to the open letter --

To the Prime Minister of Australia --

We urge you to scrap Australia's plan to use a dodgy accounting trick, the so-called 'carryover' Kyoto credits, to meet Australia's Paris Target.

Research shows there is no scientific, moral or legal foundation for the Australian Government’s determination to gain credit for its historic recalcitrance.

It is antithetical to the goals and principles of the Paris Agreement and would only undermine global action to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees.

4,879 signatures

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  • Hilary Stewart
    signed 2020-03-29 17:59:16 +1100
    Don’t use ‘carryover’ credits.
  • Gillian Dowling
    signed 2020-03-11 22:02:50 +1100
  • Ewen Gellie
    signed 2020-03-11 15:19:14 +1100
  • Kirsty Kitto
    signed 2020-03-11 15:12:06 +1100
  • Rosemary Hoatson
    signed 2020-03-11 15:06:51 +1100
    ROSEMARY HOATSON
  • Debra Rowe
    signed 2020-03-03 16:44:52 +1100
    Debra Rowe
  • Kelly Miller
    signed 2020-03-02 06:26:33 +1100
  • Heather Herbert
    signed 2020-01-20 16:00:26 +1100
  • Lou Baxter
    signed 2020-01-19 15:38:33 +1100
    Lou Baxter
  • Judith Croft
    signed 2020-01-19 12:34:44 +1100
    Judith Croft
  • Jane Lochrin
    signed 2020-01-18 11:05:57 +1100
  • Jessica Nixon
    signed 2020-01-15 08:21:14 +1100
  • Melanie Guiney
    signed 2020-01-13 20:55:14 +1100
  • Terry King
    signed 2020-01-13 14:53:20 +1100
  • Fiona Allan
    signed 2020-01-12 16:12:42 +1100
  • Jill Linton
    signed 2020-01-12 11:56:54 +1100
  • Deanne Hardwick
    signed 2020-01-12 09:18:44 +1100
  • Caroline Summerfield
    signed 2020-01-11 10:52:51 +1100
  • James Wharton
    signed 2020-01-11 04:46:36 +1100
  • Sally Appleton
    signed 2020-01-10 13:44:15 +1100
  • Patrick Wicks
    signed 2020-01-09 08:40:46 +1100
  • Samuel Szwarcbord
    signed 2020-01-08 10:28:38 +1100
  • Debra Hood
    signed 2020-01-07 11:22:23 +1100
  • Brenda O'Sullivan
    signed 2020-01-06 21:07:02 +1100
    Brenda Joy O’Sullivan
  • Mark de Wolf
    signed 2020-01-05 17:47:00 +1100
  • Alice Lockwood
    signed 2020-01-05 14:07:53 +1100
  • Richard Madigan
    signed 2020-01-04 21:50:02 +1100
  • Joanna Lockwood
    signed 2020-01-04 13:06:09 +1100
  • Robyn Counter
    signed 2020-01-04 08:47:52 +1100
  • Beth Hutchison
    signed 2020-01-03 17:44:38 +1100
    Beth Hutchison