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Restrictions on trading in greenhouse gas AAU should be lifted for Lithuania

2012-05-05

The decision adopted on 2 May by the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change gives hope that the restrictions on participating in the international trading of Assigned Amount Units (AAU) of greenhouse gas emissions will soon be lifted for Lithuania. The Committee accepted the action plan prepared by Lithuania on ways to improve development of a National Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Report. Our country submitted this plan on 22 March.

Lithuania must report progress to the Committee before 1 July. If the measures of the action plan are implemented, the restrictions imposed on Lithuania on 21 December 2011 concerning participation in the international trading of AAU of greenhouse gas emissions and on implementation of joint and clean development projects will be cancelled. The restrictions were adopted in view of the drawbacks in the national reporting system. They were found by UNFCCC experts mainly in the area of modifying land use and in the forestry sector at the time of reviewing the greenhouse gas monitoring report submitted in 2010, which provides figures from 2008.

According to Stasilė Znutienė, head of the Climate Change Policy Division at the Pollution Prevention Department of the Ministry of the Environment, UNFCCC experts gave a positive evaluation of the Lithuanian National Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Report submitted in 2011. The final conclusions from the review of this report published by UNFCCC on 13 April state that the enhanced scheme of developing the Lithuanian National Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Report meets the requirements. Based on these conclusions and on the report on implemented measures that had been foreseen in the plan, in June Lithuania will lodge an application to the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee to lift the restrictions imposed. The application should be examined at the nearest meeting of the Committee 9 to 14 July.

Information of the Ministry of the Environment, Tel. 266 3660

04/05/2012

 

 


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas