Connie Hedegaard: "Only interesting to keep Kyoto alive if somebody is following"
Asked by an Australian daily newspaper whether the EU will extend its Kyoto Protocol commitments during the Climate Conference at Durban (28 November - 9 December 2011), Connie Hedegaard has made the following statement: "What is the point of extending our commitments if none of the other big economies say that they are willing to follow, if not today, then at least at some time tomorrow?"
"If we are to keep the Kyoto Protocol alive, we must have some indications that you [the other big economies] are entering at some point. We are willing to keep that possibility open, but we need other countries - the U.S., emerging economies and others - to say when they are going to commit in a more binding form than we have seen hitherto."
"Some seem to think that if only Europe took a second commitment period, that would make Durban a big success. The world should not fool itself. It’s only interesting to keep Kyoto alive if somebody is following. Europe represents only 11% of global emissions. What will the other 89% do?"