Thursday, April 1, 2010

Pledges for the Copenhagen Accord and "How we can verify actual fulfillment"

Although the UNFCCC posted official documents from the Copenhagen meeting (COP-15), they didn't summarize the pledges of all the participating countries to support the Copenhagen Accord.
All I could find online is this Reuters article.

FACTBOX-Backers of Copenhagen climate deal, 2020 plans
31 Mar 2010 10:54:36 GMT

If you want to read original pledges of nations, you can find them on the UNFCCC's website at
Annex I countries' pledges are neatly compiled in one table.
Non-annex I party's pledges are separately collected as scanned pdf files.

At this point, we can ask, "How can we verify counties' actual commitments to their pledges?"
Here comes an interesting and informative publication from the US National Research Council.

National Research Council. (2010). Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Methods to Support International Climate Agreements. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Fulltext of its prepublication copy is avaliable at
(You may have to provide your name and email address to access the pdf file.)

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