General Understanding of The Kyoto Protocol

12 Jul

What do you understand by the term Kyoto Protocol?

First time i heard the term i thought it a type of mushrooms from China or Japan! So the more i heard of it on the International meia houses i decided to find out what exactly is the KYOTO Protocol.


Definition of ‘Kyoto Protocol’

Kyoto Protocol

An international agreement that  aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the presence of greenhouse  gases. Countries that ratify the Kyoto Protocol are assigned maximum carbon  emission levels and can participate in carbon credit trading. Emitting more than  the assigned limit will result in a penalty for the violating country in the  form of a lower emission limit in the following period.

The Kyoto Protocol is a protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or FCCC), aimed at fighting global warming. The UNFCCC is an international environmental treaty with the goal of achieving the “stabilisation of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system

The Protocol was initially adopted on 11 December 1997 in Kyoto, Japan, and entered into force on 16 February 2005. As of September 2011, 191 states have signed and ratified the protocol.[ The only remaining signatory not to have ratified the protocol is the United States. Other United Nations member states which did not ratify the protocol are Afghanistan, Andorra and South Sudan. In December 2011, Canada renounced the Protocol.

Tanzania ratified and accepted the kyoto protocol in August 2002.  One of the initiatives in Tanzania is through The national REDD strategy  which is  yet to be completed though it is at an advanced stage of preparation. It will enable Tanzania to gain billion of shillings annually from the international carbon trading markets, through conserving forests.

The Kyoto Protocol separates  countries into two groups. Annex I includes developed nations, while  Non-Annex I refers to developing countries like Tanzania. Emission limitations are only placed  on Annex I countries. Non-Annex I nations participate by investing in projects  that lower emissions in their own countries. For these projects, they earn  carbon credits. These credits can be traded or sold to Annex I countries, which  allow them a higher level of maximum carbon emissions for that period.

Carbon Credit is  permit that allows the holder to emit one ton of carbon  dioxide. Credits are awarded to countries or groups that have reduced  their green house gases below their emission quota. Carbon  credits can be traded in the international market at their current  market price.

The carbon credit system was  ratified in conjunction with the Kyoto Protocol. Its goal is to stop the  increase of carbon dioxide emissions.
For example, if an  environmentalist group plants enough trees to reduce emissions by one  ton, the group will be awarded a credit. If a steel producer  has an emissions quota of 10 tons, but is expecting to produce 11  tons, it could purchase this carbon credit from the environmental  group. The carbon credit system looks to reduce emissions by having  countries honor their emission quotas and offer incentives for being below them.

In response to the Kyoto Protocol a Carbon Trade idea was presented. The Idea  involves the trading of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission rights between nations.

For example, if Country A exceeds  its capacity of GHG and Country B has a surplus of capacity, a monetary  agreement could be made that would see Country A pay Country B for the right to  use its surplus capacity.
The Kyoto Protocol presents nations with the  challenge of reducing greenhouse gases and storing more carbon. A nation that  finds it hard to meet its target of reducing GHG could pay another nation  to reduce emissions by an appropriate quantity.




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