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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

8 November 2006

IEA report shows new Kyoto needed

A report this week by the International Energy Agency which indicates China will become the largest producer of greenhouse gas in the next few years demonstrates exactly why the world needs a New Kyoto, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said today.

The World Energy Outlook 2006 indicates that unregulated emissions from China, India and other developing nations will account for most of the increase in greenhouse gas being pumped into the atmosphere over the coming decades.

China alone will be responsible for 39% of the rise in global emissions and will overtake the United States as the world's biggest emitter before 2010, with emissions more than doubling between 2004 and 2030.

“This is exactly why the world needs a New Kyoto,” Senator Campbell said.

“Under the old Kyoto Protocol fast-growing developing nations such as China and India do not have to do a single thing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. They can emit as much greenhouse gas as they like. In fact under the old Kyoto global greenhouse gas emissions will increase by 40%.

Senator Campbell said the report’s emphasis on the need for international cooperation is what the New Kyoto is about.

“We clearly need a New Kyoto which has all countries pulling their weight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“As we have consistently said, climate change is a problem shared by the whole world.

“The old Kyoto hasn’t been successful so what we need is something that is environmentally effective, economically efficient, includes all the major emitters, and does not impose an unfair burden on any country.

Senator Campbell said the report highlighted the world’s reliance on fossil fuels for energy over the coming decades.

“The world, particularly the developing world where power is needed to pull people out of severe poverty and illness, is going to need fossil fuels for energy. Australia is uniquely placed to capitalise on this through its large reserves of coal and uranium.

“Investment in technologies to clean up coal are therefore a key part of the solution and is why Australia is spending millions of dollars to do this.

The report supported the Australian Government’s push for a multi-track approach through a suite of measures including:

The report specifically acknowledged the contribution that nuclear power could make to reducing greenhouse gas emissions globally.

Media contact:
Rob Broadfield (Senator Campbell’s office) 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902

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