Belarus stands 154th among states that joined Kyoto protocol of UN Frame convention on climate changes
Joining the Kyoto Protocol is very advantageous to Belarus. Not only can we confront climate change but we can benefit financially. We have undertaken to maintain our emission volumes at 1990 levels (the highest registered level was 112m tonnes) yet, at present, our emissions are just half this amount — 57m tonnes. We can now sell the difference to other countries; this may amount to anything from $325m to $1,750bn per year. "We are in a very advantageous position in joining the Kyoto Protocol. We mustn′t lose this opportunity," said Alexander Apatsky, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. He reminded those present that Belarus needed to sign the protocol by the 15th August, i.e. within 180 days of the document coming into effect on February 16th. "Otherwise, according to the rules, ratification will be postponed for a minimum of one year. The President′s decree on joining the Kyoto Protocol is not just important economically but politically. By selling some of our quota, we′ll be able to attract resources to develop new technology and modernise our enterprises to meet latest ecological standards."