Canada won third place for the prestigious Fossil Award in Bonn today. Fossil Awards are given to the most obstructive and unhelpful countries in the UN negotiations. The slightly sarcastic yet widely known award was presented on the final day of the Bonn intersessional.
The Fossil was awarded to our country for “failing to understand that emissions and not targets are supposed to be reduced.” When countries submitted their pledges to the Copenhagen Accord in late January, Canada was the only country to lower its targets from the earlier Kyoto Protocol. As part of its association with the Copenhagen Accord, Canada changed its target and base year to 17% below 2005 levels, the same pledge submitted by the USA. Canada has therefore gone from a target of 6% below 1990 levels to an increase of 3% above 1990 levels.
If Canada needs to harmonize with another country, it might be more constructive to harmonize with Norway. At least they have an emission reduction target of 40% below 1990 levels by 2020.