The UK on Monday made it clear that the potential agreement at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference would have to go beyond the Kyoto Protocol and that global emissions would have to peak by 2020.
Ed Miliband, UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said all "major countries" would have to submit for monitoring and verification all actions taken to combat climate change.
He also underlined that the present conference should produce financial commitments to developing countries that go beyond the fast-start fund of $10 billion.
Miliband made it clear that the potential agreement at the Copenhagen would have to go beyond the Kyoto Protocol and that global emissions would have to peak by 2020.
"I think developing countries should understand that for the Kyoto Parties to sign a partial legal treaty now with many countries outside would be irresponsible for the climate because we would be accepting that we would have a continuation of only some countries being in the treaty," Miliband said in his first press conference.
He said global emissions have risen since Kyoto and the central aim for these negotiations is to ensure that we peak global emissions by 2020 and "we can only do that with commitments for countries beyond the Kyoto Parties".
On the same day, environment ministers from the emerging economies Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) left the scheduled informal ministerial meetings protesting that the negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol were being ignored and the Africa group threatened to boycott the present proceedings.