The Climate Change Conference in Montreal began further discussions concerning the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which in the opinion of the Finnish forest industries is a step in the right direction. The decision emphasises in a positive way the significance of developing technology in preventing climate change.
On the other hand the decisions to start discussions on revising the Kyoto Protocol and the future emissions obligations of the industrialised countries that have approved it contain threats. The measures agreed in Montreal cover only about one-fourth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, which weakens the effectiveness of global climate policy. The United States, Australia, all the developing countries (such as China and India) and possibly Russia threaten to remain outside binding emissions reductions. These countries produce about three-fourths of the world’s emissions, however. This situation would weaken the competitive position of the EU and Finland on global markets.
"An effective international climate policy should encourage industry to invest in those countries where attention is focused on reducing emissions. The competitiveness of industry in the countries that have signed the Kyoto Protocol will be weakened when the competitive advantage shifts to countries outside the process," says Mr Stefan Sundman, who represented the Finnish forest industries at the Montreal conference.
When it holds the presidency of the EU next year, Finland will be in a position to negotiate climate policy after 2012, in which case all the countries that are significant for climate change should be included in the process.
Stefan Sundman, Manager, Energy and Environmental Policy, Finnish Forest Industries Federation
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Pertti Laine, Senior Vice President, Industrial Policy, Finnish Forest Industries Federation
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