Research Papers

The Clean Development Mechanism: Some Developing Country Perspectives

Publication Year: 1998

Author(s): Rajendra K Pachauri


The Protocol adopted at Kyoto came after a prolonged period of negotiations including two prior Conferences of the Parties (COPS) at Berlin and Geneva, respectively, and several other meetings of subsidiary bodies, such as the Adhoc Group on the Berlin Mandate (AGBM) that attempted to develop a protocol that would be accepted by all the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC). However, progress in arriving at an agreement was slow right up to the final hours of the extended Kyoto meeting. In fact, at a stage just before the conference, several voices of doubt were raised on whether Kyoto would actually produce a protocol. The differences between the position of the European Union which had advocated a targeted reduction of 15 percent by the year 2010 versus no reductions suggested by some other countries, were the most dominant reality slowing down the process of negotiations and stalling a consensus among all the Parties. Fortunately, the spirit at Kyoto was one of determination to arrive at some agreement, however large may have been the divergence between the stated positions of the most important groups participating in the COP.

Source: The Energy Journal Vol. 19(1): 16-19p.

Publisher/Organisation: International Association for Energy Economics