February 28, 2007
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FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1993
U.S. PLAN DELAYED
Clinton Administration's revised National Action Plan for
stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions will not be released until
later this fall. The delay was announced in Geneva at an August
session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC),
where the Administration had hoped to present a completed plan.
Much of the discussion on the plan in the U.S. as well as at the
INC meeting has involved the concept of joint implementation.
A key concept of the Framework Convention on Climate Change,
joint implementation allows two countries to work together to
reduce their overall greenhouse gas emissions. For example, an
industrialized country or a private firm in that country might
finance afforestation in a developing country. However,
discussion at the August INC meeting (to be covered in the next
issue of Global Climate Change Digest) shows that the
concept lacks definition at the international level, and
agreement on the details of joint implementation is still far
The Global Climate Coalition, representing diverse U.S.
industries, favors the concept because many companies would find
it easier and cheaper to finance offset projects in other
countries than to lower their emissions at home.
Environmentalists are of mixed opinion, some feeling that
reductions in emissions should be achieved entirely within the
U.S. The July issue of the monthly Energy, Econ. & Clim.
Change is largely devoted to the debate over joint
implementation, containing a 7-page discussion of a June workshop
on the topic sponsored by the Administration as input for its
action plan, and pro and con articles (and rebuttals) by D.M.
Goldberg of the Center for International Environmental Law and
M.C. Trexler and L.H. Kosloff of Trexler and Associates.
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