The continued failure of the parties to agree a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol is a cause for concern. Further delay in any agreement for a second commitment period could mean that there will be a gap between commitment periods where the relevant parties are not bound by any emission reduction commitments. A […]

During the negotiating session in Bonn in June 2010, the AWG-KP requested the Secretariat’s legal service to prepare a paper on how to avoid a gap between the first and second commitment periods and to identify the legal consequences of any such gap. The formal request is as follows: “In the context of decision 1/CMP.1 […]

This briefing paper sets out: the procedure that needs to be followed in order to amend the Kyoto Protocol and its annexes; the specific articles and annexes that will need to be amended in the event a second commitment period is agreed; and suggested drafting, based on previous country submissions, for such amendments.

Since the UNFCCC Conference held in Copenhagen in December 2009, there has been some talk of a ‘potential transition period’ in which the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol is temporarily extended for 2 or 3 years in order to give additional time for a second formal commitment period to be agreed between the […]