Greenhouse gas emission reduction targets: national commitments as of 2009

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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:[1]

  • "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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