Global emission exceeds Kyoto targets

Posted on May 17, 2011 by


A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) has shown that developed nation’s GHG emission reduction has been outpaced by the emission in developing nations. This growth in emission was partially attributed to the growing imports from developing countries. With an increase in consumption-based manufacturing and non energy intensive manufacturing in developed nations, the study calculated a net emission transfer of 1.6 GT of CO2 in 2008 through international trade, from developed to developing nations, which is a 400 per cent increase over the 1990 levels thus exceeding the Kyoto Protocol emission reductions.

Further, data collected over a period of 18 years (1990-2008) from 113 countries and 57 economic sectors, have shown that emission from the production of tradable goods and services have increased from 4.3 Gt CO2 in 1990 (20% of global emissions) to 7.8 Gt CO2 in 2008 (26% of global emission). The PNAS suggested that countries should monitor their emission transfer via international trade, in addition to territorial emissions, to set in effect actual global green house gas stabilization.

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