A new UN
Climate Change assessment shows that greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions
of 18% compared to 1990 levels under the Kyoto Protocol’s second phase seem fully achievable and
likely to be exceeded.
The Protocol’s second phase called the second
commitment period was established by means of the Doha Amendment in
2012 and runs from 2013 – 2020. The Amendment strengthened quantified emission
limitation or reduction commitments for developed countries and set a goal of
reducing GHG emissions by 18% compared to 1990 levels.
of the latest information received from Parties with commitments under the Doha
Amendment (Annex B Parties), based on data for the period 1990-2018, shows that
total aggregate GHG emissions in 2018 were 25.3% lower than in 1990.
Moreover, if the current annual average emissions of Annex
B Parties (amounting to 5,696 Mt CO eqin the period
2013–2018) remain at this level for 2019 and 2020, the emission reduction the target of 18% could be further exceeded.