20. The Kyoto Treaty and Paris COP21

20th blog, March 11, 2019

The tree is an ideal product to plant on degraded soil to solve the climate problem. But it has a big disadvantage: you have to finance planting for a long time, because it takes 5 to 7 years before the tree is productive. So in 2006 I thought 'I will study the Kyoto Treaty so that I can sell the carbon credits from the planted trees'. A carbon credit is the right you sell to someone that allows them to emit CO₂ because you have organized something that reduces CO₂ concentration in the atmosphere.

And then I read something in the Kyoto Treaty that I just could not believe: the only affordable solution that humanity has and that is scalable to reduce CO₂ concentration in the atmosphere was not allowed. To my amazement, all solutions that slowed down the CO₂ concentration rise in the atmosphere were allowed. I did not understand it anymore.

So in 2008 I wrote 'the Treesolution' - you can download the book here for free - in which I demonstrated that the Kyoto Treaty could not work because it contained a lot of flaws. From the hitherto still rising line of CO₂ concentration in the atmosphere, it turned out that I had seen it well. In the meantime, the tree has been accepted as a solution in Paris COP21, but to my amazement I see that it is still not accepted as a solution in the Dutch Climate Agreement. Once again the tree is pushed aside with the only argument: it could become an indulgence…

But we do not give up. We are going to plant those trees. It is not smart to take any risk of climate change. Certainly not if the solution yields money to society, rather than costs money. More about that next time! Follow these blogs and spread the message. In the next blog we write about ‘Where and with whom are we going to plant trees?

Pieter Hoff
Green Musketeer

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Background information
On 8 October 2018, the IPCC (UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) issued an emergency call to all countries to reduce their CO₂ emissions by at least 50% by 2030. The Netherlands wants to comply with this by means of a Climate Agreement. Pieter Hoff is of the opinion that the Climate Agreement needs additional policies to achieve 0% net CO₂ emissions by 2030 and that this supporting policy can be implemented much more efficiently, quicker and less costly than the current proposals that are included in the proposed Dutch Climate Agreement.