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Kyoto protocol

Kyoto protocol

Signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change met at Kyoto, Japan in 1997. The resulting treaty was later termed the Koyoto Protocol. The US proposed a scheme to rank greenhouse gases according to their level of destructiveness.

i.e. CO2 = 1. Methane = 11, each called the Global Warming Potential. The treaty committed the industrialised countries to reduce emissions of six gases by an average of 5.2% by the year 2012. The treaty also allowed countries to bank or borrow credits in respect of carbon emissions. (096)