Bane of Burning Your Carbon Sink

Posted by Trish Riley, August 29, 2012

Decisions on forestry could be make or break for New Zealand’s climate change obligations, making it the key issue for the country heading into the Bangkok talks later his week…

Under the Kyoto Protocol afforestation, reforestation and deforestation that has occurred since 1990 can be used to meet emissions targets of participating countries.

This means countries which have planted forests can use them to meet their emissions reduction targets, while countries who have chopped down forests will be penalized for doing so.

New Zealand’s forestry has given the country a huge boost towards their own Kyoto commitment leading to the end of 2012 – to reduce emissions to 1990 levels.

 

 

via Bangkok 2012: Forests could make or break New Zealand’s Kyoto two commitments | RTCC – Responding to Climate Change.