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UN CLIMATE change boss says no one will care if Australia delays its emissions trading scheme. July 31, 2009

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UN CLIMATE change boss says no one will care if Australia delays its emissions trading scheme.

Yvo de Boer says emissions trading scheme details don’t matter

News.com.au, July 31, 2009

THE international community will care little if Australia skips its target date for finalising an emissions trading scheme (ETS), the head of the UN’s climate change office Yvo de Boer says.

Asked whether it mattered if Australia arrived in Copenhagen for climate change talks in December with an ETS in place – a key hope of the federal government – Mr de Boer replied: “Quite honestly, no”.

“What people care about in the international negotiations is the commitment that a government makes to take on a certain target,” he told ABC radio.

The Rudd government wants to go to the Danish capital with the details of its ETS locked in.

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said Australia’s negotiating position would be weakened if the ETS was not passed before Copenhagen.

But Mr de Boer said what mattered to the international community was the targets set, not the domestic policies implemented to meet them. Domestic policies remained domestic issues, he said.

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