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Climate Deal Must Prevent Double-Counting of Emission Cuts - EDF

© AP Photo / Martin Meissner, FileIn this Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 file photo, smoke streams from the chimneys of the E.ON coal-fired power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
In this Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 file photo, smoke streams from the chimneys of the E.ON coal-fired power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Sputnik International
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Paris agreement on climate change must have clear provisions to prevent double-counting of emission reductions by states

People attend a climate conference at the U.S. pavilion during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 - Sputnik International
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PARIS (Sputnik) The Paris agreement on climate change must have clear provisions to prevent double-counting of emission reductions by states, a senior attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund (IDF) said Thursday.

"A critical piece of the transparency framework that is often overlooked is the importance of ensuring that double-counting of emissions reductions does not occur. We cannot allow two countries counting the same emissions reduction," Alex Hanafi told journalists on the sidelines of the 21st UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

The 21st UN Climate Change Conference that is currently underway in Paris aims to reach a comprehensive accord that would replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, dealing with the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

On Wednesday, a slimmer version of the draft Paris Climate Change Conference final deal was released. However, the text still has many brackets and options for the ministers and negotiators to decide on before the end of the Conference.

In particular, the participants have failed to agree on how to finance measures for carbon emissions reduction in developing countries, how to share responsibility between rich and poor states, and what indicator of global warming should be considered the maximum admissible level.

According to Hanafi, the current draft text has language that can help ensure that double-counting does not occur.

The EDF is a US–based nonprofit environmental advocacy group, coordinating research and advocacy programs designed to promote policies and build institutions that effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the globe.

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