Discussing climate policy in Belarus

On the 27th of October ”Green Alliance” organized a round-table discussion in the run up towards the climate summit in Copenhagen. The Belarus government, the EU Commission, environmental NGOs and foreign embassy’s where present to discuss Belarus’ climate policy.

On the 27th of October ”Green Alliance” organized a round-table discussion in the run up towards the climate summit in Copenhagen. The Belarus government, the EU Commission, environmental NGOs and foreign embassy’s where present to discuss Belarus’ climate policy.

Belarus was originally not listed as an Annex-B country (countries with reduction commitments). However, in 2006, Belarus started a process of becoming an Annex-B country with a reduction target of 8 percent compared to 1990-levels. The amendment needs ratification by 139 parties, but has so far only been supported by a handful of countries.

The Belarus amendment was a main theme at the roundtable. Government officials stress the need for foreign investment, something that could be made possible through the Joint Implementation (JI) system in the Kyoto protocol if Belarus was to be listed as an Annex-B country.

Sergey Zavialov, Head of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Belarus, announced that Belarus is considering increasing it’s reduction targets for 2020 from 10% to 15%. However, the whole question of reduction targets is conditional ratification of the Belarus amendment.

Zavialov also attended the “Green Alliance” organized press conference in relation to the round table. Anders Haug Larsen with Friends of the Earth Norway also attended the press briefing stressing the need for all countries to increase their climate targets. This was followed by Nastassia Haliak from “Green Alliance” demanding that the Belarus climate targets where increased from 10 percent by 2020 to 35 percent.

Friends of the Earth Norway collaborate closely with “Green Alliance”. Read more on greenbelarus.info.

Artikkelen ble sist oppdatert: 12.11.2009