APEC leaders agree to ‘non-binding’ climate change deal
Leaders from 21 Pacific Rim countries came to an agreement Saturday on how to address climate change.
The agreement, known as the Sydney Declaration, was announced by Australian prime minister John Howard.
It establishes a non-binding goal to reduce energy intensity by at least 25 per cent by 2030.
The declaration also calls for forest cover to be increased by at least 20 million hectares by 2020 as a way of combating climate change.
Environmentalists though were quick to condemn the Sydney Declaration and its goals, which the leaders termed “aspirational.”
“The world can’t afford aspirational targets. The world doesn’t have time for voluntary action. What we need on climate change is real action, real targets and real timetables,”Julie-Anne Richards, of Australia’s Climate Action Network, told CBC News.