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  1. 1. Emerging Trends in Environmental Management • Unit-X
  2. 2. Syllabus • Carbon Credits Markets, Kyoto Protocol, Carbon Credits Business Process, emerging opportunities, Ecological Footprint, International Conventions on Environment and Development.
  3. 3. Kyoto Protocol
  4. 4. Kyoto Protocol • The Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty that sets binding obligations on industrialized countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The UNFCCC is an environmental treaty with the goal of preventing dangerous anthropogenic (i.e., human-induced) interference of the climate system
  5. 5. Kyoto Protocol
  6. 6. Kyoto Protocol • There are 192 parties to the convention: 191 states (including all the UN members except Andorra, Canada, South Sudan and the United States) and the European Union. The United States signed but did not ratify the Protocol and *Canada withdrew from it in 2011. The Protocol was adopted by Parties to the UNFCCC in 1997, and entered into force in 2005
  7. 7. Kyoto Protocol • As part of the Kyoto Protocol, many developed countries have agreed to legally binding limitations/reductions in their emissions of greenhouse gases in two commitments periods. The first commitment period applies to emissions between 2008-2012, and the second commitment period applies to emissions between 2013-2020. The protocol was amended in 2012 to accommodate the second commitment period, but this amendment has (as of January 2013) not entered into legal force.
  8. 8. Kyoto Protocol
  9. 9. Objectives • The main goal of the Kyoto Protocol is to contain emissions of the main anthropogenic (i.e., human-emitted) greenhouse gases (GHGs) in ways that reflect underlying national differences in GHG emissions, wealth, and capacity to make the reductions.
  10. 10. GHG emissions
  11. 11. Green House Gases  Green house gases (GHGs) are gases that result in global warming 6 GHGs are regulated under the Kyoto Protocol  – Carbon dioxide (CO2)  – Methane (CH4)  – Nitrous oxide (N2O)  – Hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs)  – Perfluorcarbons (PFCs)  – Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6)
  12. 12. Green House Gases  There are at least 25 other gases, CO and water vapor that influence climate change  Above mentioned six are the key ones, that can be controlled by human intervention with relative ease.
  13. 13. Global Warming Potential (GWP) Global warming potential (GWP) for the 6 GHGs are summarized below •GWP is the global warming impact that a GHG would have over a 10-year timeframe •By definition, CO2 is used as the reference benchmark.
  14. 14. Details of the Agreement • National emission targets specified in the Kyoto Protocol exclude international aviation and shipping. • Kyoto Parties can use land use, land use change, and forestry (LULUCF) in meeting their targets. LULUCF activities are also called "sink" activities. Changes in sinks and land use can have an effect on the climate. • Forest management, cropland management, grazing land management, and revegetation are all eligible LULUCF activities under the Protocol.
  15. 15. Negotiations • Article 4.2 of the UNFCCC commits industrialized countries to "[take] the lead" in reducing emissions. The initial aim was for industrialized countries to stabilize their emissions at 1990 levels by the year 2000.The failure of key industrialized countries to move in this direction was a principal reason why Kyoto moved to binding commitments.
  16. 16. Emissions Cuts • Views on the Kyoto Protocol Commentaries on negotiations contains a list of the emissions cuts that were proposed by UNFCCC Parties during negotiations. Countries over-achieving in their first period commitments can "bank" their unused allowances for use in the subsequent period.
  17. 17. Emissions Cuts
  18. 18. Financial Commitments • The Protocol also reaffirms the principle that developed countries have to pay billions of dollars, and supply technology to other countries for climate-related studies and projects. The principle was originally agreed in UNFCCC.
  19. 19. Mechanism of Compliance • The protocol defines a mechanism of "compliance" as a "monitoring compliance with the commitments and penalties for non- compliance.“ According to Grubb (2003), the explicit consequences of non-compliance of the treaty are weak compared to domestic law.
  20. 20. Enforcement • If the enforcement branch determines that an Annex I country is not in compliance with its emissions limitation, then that country is required to make up the difference during the second commitment period plus an additional 30%. In addition, that country will be suspended from making transfers under an emissions trading program.
  21. 21. Kyoto Protocol • Annex I Parties can achieve their targets by allocating reduced annual allowances to major operators within their borders, or by allowing these operators to exceed their allocations by offsetting any excess through a mechanism that is agreed by all the parties to the UNFCCC, such as by buying emission allowances from other operators which have excess emissions credits
  22. 22. Issues & Drawbacks  World’s largest GHG emitter, has not ratified the Protocol Australia?  Short horizon: First phase of the Protocol covers up to 2012– Extension?  Country reduction targets defined, but division of that by industry and sector within countries not yet structured
  23. 23. Timeline Milestones 1972 Stockholm Declaration 1988 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change • 1992 The UN Conference on the Environment and Development is held in Rio de Janeiro. It results in the Framework Convention on Climate Change ("FCCC" or "UNFCCC") among other agreements. • 1995 Parties to the UNFCCC meet in Berlin (the 1st Conference of Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC) to outline specific targets on emissions.
  24. 24. Timeline • 1997 In December the parties conclude the Kyoto Protocol in Kyoto, Japan, in which they agree to the broad outlines of emissions targets. • 2002 Russia and Canada ratify the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC bringing the treaty into effect on 16 February 2005. • 2011 Canada became the first signatory to announce its withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol.
  25. 25. Timeline
  26. 26. Carbon Credits
  27. 27. “A carbon credit is a generic term for any tradable certificate or permit representing the right to emit one tone of carbon dioxide or the mass of another greenhouse gas with a carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2) to one ton of carbon dioxide.‖  Carbon credits and carbon markets are a component of national and international attempts to mitigate the growth in concentrations of greenhouse gases. What Is Carbon Credit?
  28. 28. Carbon Credit • A carbon credit is a generic term for any tradable certificate or permit representing the right to emit one tonne of carbon dioxide or the mass of another greenhouse gas with a carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide
  29. 29. Carbon Credit • The goal is to allow market mechanisms to drive industrial and commercial processes in the direction of low emissions or less carbon intensive approaches than those used when there is no cost to emitting carbon dioxide and other GHGs into the atmosphere. Since GHG mitigation projects generate credits, this approach can be used to finance carbon reduction schemes between trading partners and around the world.
  30. 30. Carbon Credit
  31. 31. Example  If a cement manufacturer reduces its CO2 emissions by one ton by adapting some changes into its process or by any other means; say just by planting some trees around its plant, it is awarded ―one carbon credit‖. This carbon credit can be sold to any industry, allowing it to emit one extra ton of CO2 than its allowable limit.  Nike has sold emission reduction credits equaling 100,000 tons to the utility company Entergy. Entergy has also purchased carbon credits from DuPont and Shell.
  32. 32. What does a ton of GHG look like?
  33. 33. Climate Changes  According to the World Bank Economist Mr. Stern, the effect of climate change could be worse than the two World Wars.
  34. 34. Mechanism For Carbon Credit Trading  The mechanisms assists the parties meet their emission reduction targets.  These mechanisms are: – Joint Implementation (JI) – Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) – Emission trading (ET).
  35. 35. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) • The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is one of the flexibility mechanisms defined in the Kyoto Protocol (IPCC, 2007) that provides for emissions reduction projects which generate Certified Emission Reduction units which may be traded in emissions trading schemes.
  36. 36. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
  37. 37. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) • The purpose of the CDM is to promote clean development in developing countries, i.e., the "non-Annex I" countries (countries that aren't listed in Annex I of the Framework Convention). The CDM is one of the Protocol's "project-based" mechanisms, in that the CDM is designed to promote projects that reduce emissions.
  38. 38. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) • These reductions are "produced" and then subtracted against a hypothetical "baseline" of emissions. The emissions baseline are the emissions that are predicted to occur in the absence of a particular CDM project. CDM projects are "credited" against this baseline, in the sense that developing countries gain credit for producing these emission cuts.
  39. 39. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
  40. 40. CDM Project Process Outline • An Industrialized country that wishes to get credits from a CDM project must obtain the consent of the developing country hosting the project that the project will contribute to sustainable development. Then, using methodologies approved by the CDM Executive Board (EB), the applicant (the industrialized country) must make the case that the carbon project would not have happened anyway (establishing additionality), and must establish a baseline estimating the future emissions in absence of the registered project.
  41. 41. CDM Project Process • The case is then validated by a third party agency, called a Designated Operational Entity (DOE), to ensure the project results in real, measurable, and long-term emission reductions. The EB then decides whether or not to register (approve) the project. If a project is registered and implemented, the EB issues credits, called Certified Emission Reductions (CERs, commonly known as carbon credits, where each unit is equivalent to the reduction of one metric tonne of CO2e, e.g. CO2 or its equivalent), to project participants based on the monitored difference between the baseline and the actual emissions, verified by the DOE.
  42. 42. CDM Project Process Additionality • To avoid giving credits to projects that would have happened anyway ("free-riders"), rules have been specified to ensure additionality of the project, that is, to ensure the project reduces emissions more than would have occurred in the absence of the project.
  43. 43. CDM Project Process Baseline • The calculated reduction depends on the emissions that would have occurred without the project minus the emissions of the project. Accordingly, the CDM process requires an established baseline or comparative emission estimate.
  44. 44. CDM Project Process Methodologies • Any proposed CDM project has to use an approved baseline and monitoring methodology to be validated, approved and registered. Baseline Methodology will set steps to determine the baseline within certain applicability conditions whilst monitoring methodology will set specific steps to determine monitoring parameters, quality assurance, equipment to be used, in order to obtain data to calculate the emission reductions.
  45. 45. CDM Project Process • Those approved methodologies are all coded: • AM - Approved Methodology • ACM - Approved Consolidated Methodology • AMS - Approved Methodology for Small Scale Projects • ARAM - Afforestation and Reforestation Approved Methodologies • All baseline methodologies approved by Executive Board are publicly available along with relevant guidance on the UNFCCC CDM website.
  46. 46. CDM Project Process
  47. 47. CDM Project Process
  48. 48. CDM Project Process
  49. 49. CDM Project Process
  50. 50. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
  51. 51. The parties involved:  Must participate voluntarily;  Must establish national CDM authority;  Must have ratified the Kyoto Protocol; Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
  52. 52. National Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Authority • The Seventh Conference of Parties (COP-7) to the UNFCCC decided that Parties participating in CDM should designate a National Authority for the CDM and as per the CDM project cycle, a project proposal should include a written approval of voluntary participation from the Designated National Authority of each country and confirmation that the project activity assists the host country in achieving sustainable development.
  53. 53. National Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Authority
  54. 54. National Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Authority • Accordingly the Central Government constituted the National Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Authority for the purpose of protecting and improving the quality of environment in terms of the Kyoto Protocol; • The composition of the "National Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Authority"
  55. 55. National Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Authority • The National Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Authority receives projects for evaluation and approval as per the guidelines and general criteria laid down in the relevant rules and modalities pertaining to CDM in addition to the guidelines issued by the Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board.
  56. 56. National Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Authority • The evaluation process of CDM projects includes an assessment of the probability of eventual successful implementation of CDM projects and evaluation of extent to which projects meet the sustainable development objectives, as it would seek to prioritize projects in accordance with national priorities.
  57. 57. National Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Authority • The National Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Authority can recommend certain additional requirements to ensure that the project proposals meet the national sustainable development priorities and comply with the legal framework so as to ensure that the projects are compatible with the local priorities and stakeholders have been duly consulted.
  58. 58. Ecological Footprint
  59. 59. Ecological Footprint • The Ecological Footprint is a measure of human demand on the Earth's Ecosystems. It is a standardized measure of demand for natural capital that may be contrasted with the planet's ecological capacity to regenerate.
  60. 60. Ecological Footprint • It represents the amount of biologically productive land and sea area necessary to supply the resources a human population consumes, and to assimilate associated waste. Using this assessment, it is possible to estimate how much of the Earth (or how many planet Earths) it would take to support humanity if everybody followed a given lifestyle.
  61. 61. Ecological Footprint
  62. 62. Ecological Footprint • Ecological footprint analysis compares human demands on nature with the biosphere's ability to regenerate resources and provide services. It does this by assessing the biologically productive land and marine area required to produce the resources a population consumes and absorb the corresponding waste, using prevailing technology.
  63. 63. Ecological Footprint • Footprint values at the end of a survey are categorized for Carbon, Food, Housing, and Goods and Services as well as the total footprint number of Earths needed to sustain the world's population at that level of consumption. • This approach can also be applied to an activity such as the manufacturing of a product or driving of a car. This resource accounting is similar to life cycle analysis wherein the consumption of energy, biomass (food, fiber), building material, water and other resources are converted into a normalized measure of land area called global hectares (gha).
  64. 64. Ecological Footprint • Per Capita Ecological Footprint (EF), or ecological footprint analysis (EFA), is a means of comparing consumption and lifestyles, and checking this against nature's ability to provide for this consumption. The footprint can also be a useful tool to educate people about carrying capacity and over-consumption, with the aim of altering personal behavior. Ecological footprints may be used to argue that many current lifestyles are not sustainable. Such a global comparison also clearly shows the inequalities of resource use on this planet at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
  65. 65. Ecological Footprint
  66. 66. Implications • . . . the average world citizen has an eco- footprint of about 2.7 global average hectares while there are only 2.1 global hectare of bio-productive land and water per capita on earth. This means that humanity has already overshot global biocapacity by 30% and now lives un- sustainably by depleting stocks of "natural capital"
  67. 67. Ecological Footprint
  68. 68. Environmental Conventions
  69. 69. Rotterdam Convention (1998) and Stockholm Convention (2001) on toxic chemicals “Pilot Project Chemical Safety” Convention on Biological Diversity 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 1992 Kyoto Protocol 1997 Montreal Protocol 1987 Phase out of Ozone Depleting Substances UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 1994 “Implementing the Biodiversity Convention” “Climate Protection Programme” “PROKLIMA” Protecting the Ozone Layer “Combating Desertification” Public and Private Partners and Networks in Developing, Transitional and Industrialised countries Environmental Conventions “Implementing the Biodiversity Convention” “Climate Protection Programme” “Combating Desertification”
  70. 70. Montreal Protocol
  71. 71. Montreal Protocol • The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (a protocol to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer) is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion. The treaty was opened for signature on September 16th, 1987, and entered into force on January 1st, 1989, followed by a first meeting in Helsinki, May 1989. Since then, it has undergone seven revisions, in 1990 (London), 1991 (Nairobi), 1992 (Copenhagen), 1993 (Bangkok), 1995 (Vienna), 1997 (Montreal), and 1999 (Beijing). If the international agreement is adhered to, the ozone layer is expected to recover by 2050.
  72. 72. Montreal Protocol
  73. 73. Montreal Protocol • Due to its widespread adoption and implementation it has been hailed as an example of exceptional international co-operation, with Kofi Annan quoted as saying that "perhaps the single most successful international agreement to date has been the Montreal Protocol‖. The two ozone treaties have been ratified by 197 parties, which includes 196 states and the European Union, making them the first universally ratified treaties in United Nations history.
  74. 74. Convention on Biological Diversity
  75. 75. Convention on Biological Diversity • The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known informally as the Biodiversity Convention, is a multilateral treaty. The Convention has three main goals: • conservation of biological diversity (or biodiversity); • sustainable use of its components; and • fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources
  76. 76. Convention on Biological Diversity
  77. 77. Convention on Biological Diversity • In other words, its objective is to develop national strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. It is often seen as the key document regarding sustainable development. • The Convention was opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro on 5 June 1992 and entered into force on 29 December 1993.
  78. 78. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
  79. 79. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification • The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa (UNCCD) is a Convention to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought through national action programs that incorporate long-term strategies supported by international cooperation and partnership arrangements.
  80. 80. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification • The Convention, the only convention stemming from a direct recommendation of the Rio Conference's Agenda 21, was adopted in Paris, France on 17 June 1994 and entered into force in December 1996. It is the first and only internationally legally binding framework set up to address the problem of desertification.
  81. 81. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
  82. 82. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification • The Convention is based on the principles of participation, partnership and decentralization—the backbone of Good Governance and Sustainable Development. It has 196 parties, making it truly global in reach. In 2013, *Canada became the first country to announce its intention to withdraw from the convention
  83. 83. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
  84. 84. Stockholm Convention (2001)
  85. 85. Stockholm Convention (2001) • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is an international environmental treaty, signed in 2001 and effective from May 2004, that aims to eliminate or restrict the production and use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
  86. 86. Stockholm Convention (2001)
  87. 87. Stockholm Convention (2001) • Key elements of the Convention include the requirement that developed countries provide new and additional financial resources and measures to eliminate production and use of intentionally produced POPs, eliminate unintentionally produced POPs where feasible, and manage and dispose of POPs wastes in an environmentally sound manner. Precaution is exercised throughout the Stockholm Convention, with specific references in the preamble, the objective, and the provision on identifying new POPs.
  88. 88. References Environmental Management Bala Krishnamoorthy- PHI publication Wikipedia- The online free Encyclopedia
  89. 89. Thanks..