About: Kyoto Protocol

Development Policy 13-12-2016

Brundtland: Climate change fight must continue, despite ‘US going in another direction’

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland told EURACTIV’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro that public awareness and civil society action is equally important as political commitment in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030.
Climate change 07-11-2011

IEA economist: ‘We have to leave oil before it leaves us’

The International Energy Agency (IEA)’s annual World Energy Outlook, due for publication on 9 November, will contain alarming research that the world is on track for a catastrophic rise in global temperatures unless fossil fuel subsidies are cut, energy efficiency is improved, and more countries introduce some form of carbon pricing.
Climate change 01-06-2011

UN environment chief: Historians will rue our ‘tragic moment of indecision’

A new paradigm shift for sustainable and equitable clean growth is needed, according to Achim Steiner, the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and governments can start by intervening to end fossil fuel subsidies.
Energy 23-12-2010

Top official: ‘EU unlikely to meet energy-efficiency goals’

The EU is unlikely to meet its target of reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020, but the decreasing cost of renewables means that an EU-wide approach to its funding could be envisaged, says Marie Donnelly, director of energy efficiency and renewable energy at the European Commission.
Climate change 16-12-2010

Scholar: ‘China is entering global renewables market’

A cocktail of climate damage, geopolitics and the quest for new markets is fueling a rapid Chinese move into renewable technologies such as wind, solar and wave power, Miranda Schreurs, director of the Environmental Policy Research Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin, told EURACTIV in an interview. 

Patent chief: Kyoto sparked clean tech revolution

The Kyoto protocol triggered a surge in new patent applications in the clean energy sector, Benoît Battistelli, president of the European Patent Office (EPO), told EURACTIV in an interview.
Climate change 25-03-2010

UNFCCC chief: ‘Cancún must deliver climate finance architecture’

The UN conference in Cancún next December needs to set the basis for a new climate change treaty in 2011, Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Development Policy 16-12-2009

Climate expert: EU targets ‘fake and untransparent’

As world diplomats struggle to hammer out a climate agreement in Copenhagen, former senior EU negotiator on the Kyoto Protocol Jørgen Knud Henningsen told EURACTIV in an interview that the debate on targets is ill-fated. He said leaders would be better off concentrating on the 1992 UN convention ratified by the US and devising policies to achieve the long-term goal of cutting C02 emissions by 80% before 2050. 
Development Policy 11-12-2009

Enel: Companies need global level-playing field to curb emissions

With nearly 200 nations having begun climate talks in Copenhagen, a genuine global regulatory framework is required to create a level playing field for businesses seeking to slash their emissions and move towards a low-carbon future, Giuseppe Montesano, head of environmental policy at Italian power company Enel, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Development Policy 16-11-2009

Ambassador: Avoid turning climate talks into a new Doha round

After the last round of climate talks ahead of the UN conference in Copenhagen ended with a sense of pessimism and pending defeat, the Danish Ambassador to the EU, Poul Skytte Christoffersen, warns in an interview with EURACTIV against the danger of postponing a deal until next year
Development Policy 06-10-2009

Danish minister: No more time to delay climate choices

With only 70-or so days to go before leaders meet to agree on a post-Kyoto climate deal in Copenhagen, there is a need to speed up negotiations and "make political choices,"  Danish Climate Change and Energy Minister Connie Hedegaard told EURACTIV in an interview.

Interview: US’s James Connaughton on climate change policy

Senior White House environment advisor James Connaughton explained the US policy on climate change at a press briefing on 18 May. Among other topics, he talked about the US stance on the post-Kyoto debate and the measures being undertaken to reduce the greenhouse gas intensity of the US economy.

Interview : CEPS researcher Christian Egenhofer on EU-US climate change policies

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, Christian Egenhofer form the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) explains the reasons behind the diverging climate change strategies that were developed on both sides of the Atlantic and gives a personal assessment on each set of policies.
Climate change 11-05-2005

Interview with Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas

Cooperation on market-based instruments is a "significant achievement" of EU-US talks on climate change, Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas has told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Other topical subjects covered in the interview include: REACH, research on eco-technologies, impact assessments, the Lisbon strategy and the implementation of environmental legislation.

Interview: US climate expert seeks solutions beyond the Kyoto Protocol

Speaking to EURACTIV, climate change expert Eliot Diringer says future climate policies need to look beyond Kyoto if the US and major emerging countries are to be brought in.