How Kyoto Protocol’s Uncertain Future Affects Business

Law360, New York (July 08, 2011, 4:44 PM ET) -- Delegates to the international climate change convention’s 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) will have their work cut out for them this coming November in South Africa. After a mid-year status meeting in early June of the more than 192 parties that will attend, one thing is clear: the fate of the Kyoto Protocol and its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) are in limbo.

Most pundits now agree that, when the Kyoto Protocol’s first compliance period ends in 2012, a serious “regulatory gap” will likely ensue. In...
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