HVAC Breaking News

June 12, 2002: Kyoto Protocol Ratified By European Union And Japan

June 11, 2002
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
WASHINGTON, DC — Both the European Union (EU) and Japan have ratified the Kyoto Protocol, the international global warming agreement. Ratification took place on May 31 for the member nations of the EU and on June 4 for Japan.

Spanish Minister of Environment Jaume Matas, president of the Council of Ministers of Environment of the EU, stated that ratification “is not a simple administrative act, nor is it even political. Rather, it is the expression of the conviction of the millions of citizens of the European Union that the Kyoto Protocol is the best instrument available for working together to achieve our common goal.”

A statement by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Japan’s acceptance noted, “The Kyoto Protocol is an extremely significant first step in strengthening international actions against climate change. I strongly hope that other countries will also expeditiously become parties to the Kyoto Protocol.”

He added, “It will by no means be easy for Japan to achieve the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as stipulated … and it is necessary for the central and local governments, businesses, as well as the people to join forces with all their might to achieve the commitment.”

As of June 4, the United Nations indicated that 74 countries had ratified or accepted the Protocol representing 35.8% of emissions. The treaty must be accepted by countries representing 55% of emissions in order to take effect.

Asked about possible U.S. acceptance, President Bush reiterated, “I do not support the Kyoto treaty. The Kyoto treaty would severely damage the United States economy, and I don't accept that.

“I accept the alternative we put out — that we can grow our economy and, at the same time, through technologies, improve our environment.”

Publication date: 06/10/2002

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

Recent Articles by Greg Mazurkiewicz

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 Energy Efficiency Forum

Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Mark Satterfield

Mark Satterfield, founder and CEO of Gentle Rain Marketing Inc. and author of “The One Week Marketing Plan” talks about his book and the importance of HVAC blogging. Posted on Sept. 19.

More Podcasts


NEWS 09-15-14 cover

2014 September 15

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Venting R-22

The NEWS reported that a man received prison time for venting R-22. Should EPA step up enforcement?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con