Australia ratifies Kyoto Protocol

4 December 2007 - Australian Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd became the country's 26th prime minister on Monday and immediately began dismantling the former government's policies by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

Rudd had pledged to commit Australia to the landmark United Nations treaty on greenhouse gas emissions as his first priority. "Today I have signed the instrument of ratification of the Kyoto Protocol," he said in a statement after his official swearing in at Government House in Canberra.

Rudd, who ousted conservative John Howard in elections nine days ago on a platform that included reversing the previous government's policy and ratifying Kyoto, had taken the oath of office just hours earlier.

Ratification will come into force 90 days after the commitment is handed to the UN, he said, meaning Australia will become a full member of the Kyoto Protocol before the end of March 2008.

Rudd said Kyoto was considered to be "the most far-reaching agreement on environment and sustainable development ever adopted."

"Australia's official declaration today that we will become a member of the Kyoto Protocol is a significant step forward in our country's efforts to fight climate change domestically--and with the international community," he said.

Rudd said his government would do "everything in its power" to help Australia meet its Kyoto obligations--which are set at capping greenhouse gas emissions at 108 per cent of 1990 levels by 2008-2012.

Official projections point to Australia just breaching this limit, estimating GHG output at 109 per cent of 1990 levels by 2012.

Sponsored by FLSmidth

Related Articles

EPA unveils SO2 scrubber-reliant haze plan for Texas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new regional haze SO2 reduction requirements for Texas based on a series of presumed scrubber installations and scrubber upgrades on 14 coal-fired power plant units.

National Grid joins proposal for 300-mile cable in Maine

Utility giant National Grid is partnering with a company that specializes in underwater cable projects in an alliance seeking to build a 300-mile cable to bring Canadian hydropower and Maine wind power to Greater Boston to help meet the energy needs of power-hungry southern New England, the companies announced Tuesday.

Follow Power Engineering on Twitter
Latest News

Report: WIPP radiation leak caused by “incompatible” contents

The U.S. Department of Energy said one drum was the source of a radiation leak inside the Was...

Company gets 2nd chance for wind testing in Lincoln County

An Aberdeen company that wants to test the wind capacity for a possible multimillion-dollar w...

Kansas House approves bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions

The Kansas House has approved a bill requiring the state to draft a plan for reducing greenho...

Santa Fe County commission OKs applications for solar sites

Santa Fe County will be getting two solar installations for electricity generation.

SunEdison to acquire 1,000 energy storage systems, bring electricity to rural India

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) plans to purchase up to 1,000 vanadium flow batteries (more than...

Wylfa nuclear power plant to restart in a week

The Wylfa nuclear power plant in the UK is expected to restart soon after being shut down sin...
Coal Ash

Power Engineering Photo of the Day

03/25 Henry Hub Average Natural Gas Spot Prices

03/25 Henry Hub Average Natural Gas Spot Prices

The Henry Hub is the pricing point for natural gas futures contracts traded on the New York M...

Power Engineering Current Issue

03/01/2014
Volume 118, Issue 3
1403PE-cover
Products Showcase
Dynamic Fluoride Ion cleaning DFIC of industrial natural gas turbines Hi-Tech Furnace Systems

Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning of IGT Parts

The Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning (DFIC) Process from Hi-Tech Furnace Systems is able to clean deep, narrow cracks of oxides by cycling between negative, atmospheric, and positive pressure.

Archived Articles

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

Power Industry Wire News

East West Petroleum Corp.'s CEO David Sidoo Interviewed by The Energy Report

East West Petroleum Corp.'s CEO David Sidoo Interviewed by The Energy Report

Perma-Fix Schedules Fourth Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call

Perma-Fix Schedules Fourth Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call

Murray Energy's Controlling Interest of Foresight Creates U.S. Coal Mining Giant, an Industrial Info News Alert

Murray Energy's Controlling Interest of Foresight Creates U.S. Coal Mining Giant, an In...

Canadian Overseas Petroleum Reports 2014 Year End Results

Canadian Overseas Petroleum Reports 2014 Year End Results

ISO Board Appoints New Member to EIM Transitional Committee

ISO Board Appoints New Member to EIM Transitional Committee

Power Engineering

Article Archives for Power Engineering Magazine

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours

To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>