Kyoto Protocol

Published: | Updated: February 12, 2017

Definition - What does Kyoto Protocol mean?

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement, which is linked to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change. Signees to the protocol commit their nation to internationally binding emission reduction targets. The Protocol places a heavier burden upon developed nations under the principal of "common but differentiated responsibilities." The Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan on 11 December, 1997.

Safeopedia explains Kyoto Protocol

The Kyoto Protocol entered into force on February 16th, 2005. It's first commitment period started in 2008 and ended in 2012. On December 8th, 2012, the "Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol" was adopted. The amendments included a revised list of greenhouse gases, and amendments to several articles related to the second commitment period. During the second commitment period, parties agreed to reduce emissions by 18% compared to 1990 levels.

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