Greenhouse gas emission reduction targets: national commitments as of 2009
Ahead of the COP14 meeting in Poznan, the UNFCCC asked countries to indicate their national emission reduction targets. However, prior to the meeting few did.
In a technical paper the UNFCCC stated that the only countries that had communicated targets were Belarus, the European Union, Norway and Canada. It stated that:
- "Belarus would meet a GHG emissions target of between 90 and 95 per cent of the 1990 level for the period after 2012, provided that the amendment included in decision 10/CMP.2 takes effect before the end of the first commitment period;"
- the European Community "would reduce emissions to 20 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 without any precondition and to 30 per cent if an ambitious international agreement were reached;"
- Norway would reduce its emissions to 30 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020; two thirds of this reduction would be achieved domestically. The Government aims at carbon neutrality by 2030 if an ambitious global agreement is reached;"
- Canada has committed to reducing its total GHG emissions by 20 per cent below 2006 levels by 2020. It has set a long-term goal to reduce GHG emissions by between 60 and 70 percent below 2006 levels in 2050."
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