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FROM VOLUME 7, NUMBER 6, JUNE 1994
NEWS... JOINT IMPLEMENTATION
On June 1,
the U.S. Department of State issued final ground rules for the
U.S. Initiative on Joint Implementation, coinciding with the
start of the International Conference on Joint
Implementation near Groningen, The Netherlands.
The U.S. initiative is intended as a pilot program to help
establish international criteria for the role joint
implementation in meeting requirements of the Framework
Convention in Climate Change. It would give credit to parties in
one country to carry out projects in another country that reduce
greenhouse gas emissions. Proposed projects will be evaluated by
a panel consisting of eight U.S. government representatives, and
must meet a number of requirements to insure that they result in
quantifiable reductions in net greenhouse gas emissions that
would otherwise not occur.
The ground rules are published in the June 1 issue of the Federal
Register (pp. 28,442-28,446), and are available from the
Office of Global Change, OES/EGC, Rm. 4333, Dept. State, 2201 C
St., Washington DC 20520 (202-647-4069). An extensive discussion
of the U.S. initiative appears in Energy, Econ. & Clim.
Change (pp. 2-5, June). Shorter accounts are in Global
Environ. Change Rep. (p. 4, June 10), and the June issue of
ClimateWatch, the monthly bulletin of the Global Climate
Coalition (1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, S. 1500-N. Tower,
Washington DC 20004 (202-637-3158).
The conference in The Netherlands, organized by the Dutch
environment ministry, examined the pros and cons of the joint
implementation concept and concluded that more test projects are
needed. (See Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 513-514, June 15.)
A Groningen Statement on Joint Implementation, issued at
the end of the meeting, says that joint implementation should be
a supplement to domestic actions, and sets out other criteria.
For information contact Wytze van der Gaast, Stichting IDE,
Groningen Univ., Zernike Park 2, 9747 AN Groningen, Neth. (fax:
+31 50 634 556).
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