EU Open to Kyoto Protocol Extension, Climate Commissioner Says

Connie Hedegaard, the European commissioner for climate action. Photo by: Pietro Naj-Oleari / © European Parliament / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 © European ParliamentCC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The European Union expressed its support for a two-treaty solution to ease the deadlock in negotiations for a new worldwide climate change agreement, Business Week reports. The EU is willing to extend the emission targets set in the Kyoto Protocol and negotiate a new deal to set binding targets for countries not included in the accord, Connie Hedegaard, the bloc’s climate commissioner, explained in an interview.

“We can be open to continuation of Kyoto - a second commitment period,” said Hedegaard, as quoted by Business Week. “But of course we can’t end up standing there alone.”

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