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What Does Yvo De Boer’s Resignation Mean for Climate Change Negotiations?

Gina-Marie Cheeseman
| Monday February 22nd, 2010 | 8 Comments

Yvo de Boer, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, dropped a bomb shell when he announced his resignation last week. His last day will be July 1. He will join the consultancy group KPMG as global adviser on climate change. This leaves the UN with just a little over four months to find de Boer’s successor.

About his plans to join KPMG, de Boer said, “I have always maintained that, while governments provide the necessary policy framework, the real solutions must come from business. I now have the chance to make this happen.”

What does de Boer’s departure mean for climate change negotiations? Mark Lynas, a climate change consultant who advised the President of the Maldives during the UN negotiations, said, “It is quite bad news he is quitting at this point because the world is in desperate need for a reliable pair of hands to get through this dark period where climate change negotiations are under assault from anti-science deniers, by the Climategate furor and by the US Senate.”

Lynas added, “I think he is very likely to be going because he has had enough. Because the whole process is unraveling at this point.”

Ed Miliband, British Secretary of Energy and Climate Change, disagrees with Lynas, and thinks that a “suitable successor” needs to be found quickly. The successor must be able to “oversee the negotiations and reform the UNFCCC to ensure it is up to the massive task of dealing with what are some of the most complex negotiations ever.”

De Boer’s successor will have big shoes to fill. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) said of De Boer, “(He) has provided years of global leadership and sound, science-based solutions to the international effort to halt the devastating impacts of global climate change. He brought the world’s major emitters, including China and India, to the table.”

“The important thing is his successor is bedded in quickly and can reinvigorate the UN process,” said Ben Caldecott, head of European Union policy at London-based carbon fund manager Climate Change Capital.

“There is probably no perfect person for this job, it’s a task for a superman,” said Wendel Trio, the head of Greenpeace International’s political and business Unit.

What does De Boer’s resignation mean for carbon markets? Alessandro Vitelli, director of strategy in London at carbon markets analyst IDEAcarbon, said De Boer’s resignation adds “to the uncertainty of the political process that is hopefully going to create the context for an international market going forward.” He added, “It’s a slight knock to the guys buying and selling carbon.”

“It’s a sad day for the carbon market, and we’ll be lucky to get somebody with Yvo’s dedication and hard work as a successor,” Trevor Sikorski, an emissions analyst for Barclays Capital in London, said.


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  • PaulG

    “It’s a sad day for the carbon market”. That about sums it up!

    The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has nothing to do with saving the planet. Its all about creating and maintaining a pseudo market that drains national treasury while re-distributing the worlds economic output. AGW and Global Warming will go down in history as one of mankinds greatest scams and failures. Imagine if all of this money and effort had been focused on solving “real” world problems like hunger, pollution and disease. Instead of stifling undeveloped economies, The UN could have assisted economic growth with the resources wasted by this “False Religion”.

  • http://nickpalmer.blogspot.com/ Nick Palmer

    @PaulG

    You are just too silly for words. What if you are wrong and climate science that stretches back well over a hundred years, and is fully supported by every major scientific organisation in the world, is right? You are willing to risk the next thousand years plus of human history just because you were incapable of seeing through the tidal waves of black propaganda, deception and misdirection from the denialosphere and were insufficiently knowledgeable to know who the good guys were?

    Did I say silly? – perhaps complacently, dangerously arrogant is closer

  • PaulG

    Nick,

    Why don't you do some research on your own rather than spouting out tired AGW talking points that emphasize calling skeptics names and telling us how smart you are and how dumb we are. Your own Dr. Phil Jones has admitted that the science is not settled, yet you continue to bring up scientific consensus that is eroding daily with more scientists and the public now openly questioning AGW.

    When looking at the “science” being practiced at CRU, IPCC, NASA and NOAA (which includes manipulated and cherry picked data, flaunted FOI laws, exaggerated and non peer-reviewed reports, as well as the consistent demeaning of scientistic with opposing views) it is no wonder that the ranks of skeptics are growing every day.

    If the science is correct as you indicated above, then why do so many of these research organizations continue to hide their research data? The only way you will convince skeptics is by being open and allowing research to be reviewed by both supporters as well as opposing scientists and statisticians so that it can be verified and a true consensus reached.

    The price demanded by AGW suppporters is massive direct and indirect taxes that diminish our way of life and lower the standard of living of all of earth's inhabitants. That's a CERTAINTY, regardless of whether the AGW theory is correct or not and whether man is even capable of doing anything about it.

    What is needed is a fresh new look at ALL of the science and forces behind climate change. Only the truly “arrogant” or blind fanatics could ignore the implications of Climategate and all of the other recent disclosures.

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  • http://nickpalmer.blogspot.com/ Nick Palmer

    You have been suckered by a massive campaign by professional deceivers. Sorry Paul, but you really are dumb if you believe the denialosphere propaganda. Or gullible. Or insufficiently knowledgeable to judge. They repeatedly spread lies and misinformation. Anyone can make a mistake, but if that mistake is repeatedly corrected and yet they carry on misdirecting the public regardless, what does that say about their integrity?

    I counted about 11 well known denier memes in your post, some hugely misleading, others less so but all of which have been crafted to fool the public.

    Just so you can get an idea of the scale of the deception that is being practiced by these people, take a look at this analysis of the so called “Amazongate” meme. Similar analyses can be made for virtually every single point that the denialist industry has manufactured over the last 30 years. What annoys me about the type of person you appear to be is that you seem to be prejudiced to believe the professional liars and not those who try to spread truth.

    Your point about “massive direct and indirect taxes” is probably the biggest craziness they have twisted your mind with. Weaning ourselves off fossil fuels is not an option regardless of whether you understand basic atmospheric physics or not (you clearly don't). Imminent Peak oil means that we have to transition to other energy sources really quickly to protect whatever part of our fossil fuel dependant lifestyles that we can. The “huge taxes” (your words) that you fear would only be on fossil carbon sources – other non fossil fuel sources would be dividended rather than taxed. Another way to look at it is that the full costs of using fossil carbon, which are not currently accounted for, would be stuck right on the accoutant's bottom line.

  • Tychon

    http://global-war.ning.com unresponsible resignation by UN climate chief Yvo de Boer: failing European leadership – diplomatic treason & crisis

  • Tychon

    How my fellow county resident Yvo de Boer proved to be another coward:
    http://global-war.ning.com

    GLOBAL ENERGY INDUSTRYGiving a lecture at Maastricht University on 25-01-2010 close to his hometown of Eijsden in the Netherlands on recent climate-change developments, Mr. de Boer pretended he 'didn't understand my question' about the Royal Dutch Disease >notwithstanding my explanation during the coffee-break< the rootcause of easy money, parliamentary deficit and vested industrial dominance of big oil & gas dictating global opaque policy-making: once again, think climate, interpollution, credit crime excess, Irak, world crisis, budget & bonus crime, IP bubble and bond wars! Under de Boers's watch, OBAMA seized whatever global responsible development with the words”We've got them! The deal is done!”

    You were all lucky I happened to be at the meeting in Maastricht, the oldest Dutch city where the European Treaty for monetary stability was signed, to confront this guy with the right questions. After he insisted he didn't understand what I clarified with him before, I left the auditorium. A few days later, I heard from officials that he “answered all my questions”, once I was gone! We shape people out of assholes! This is a big step forward to World Stability, because very rarely addicts or idiots speak up. There's a lot more going wrong here. Why didn't you know what is out there? No worry, we'll tell you! By the way, Maastricht is the capital of the birthplace of the Dutch Disease where the most modern coalmines were closed and distroyed without opposition after the world's second biggest well of natural gas was found in 1959… the future easy life and dream better than any American banker could imagine, misleadingly seized by the 'Esso Four' based on post-war US technology-advantage: the consolidation of industrial dominance and implicit reason why people give their children garbage and don't know anymore that only language not subject to interpretation is exact science

  • Tychon

    http://global-war.ning.com unresponsible resignation by UN climate chief Yvo de Boer: failing European leadership – diplomatic treason & crisis

  • Tychon

    How my fellow county resident Yvo de Boer proved to be another coward:
    http://global-war.ning.com

    GLOBAL ENERGY INDUSTRYGiving a lecture at Maastricht University on 25-01-2010 close to his hometown of Eijsden in the Netherlands on recent climate-change developments, Mr. de Boer pretended he 'didn't understand my question' about the Royal Dutch Disease >notwithstanding my explanation during the coffee-break< the rootcause of easy money, parliamentary deficit and vested industrial dominance of big oil & gas dictating global opaque policy-making: once again, think climate, interpollution, credit crime excess, Irak, world crisis, budget & bonus crime, IP bubble and bond wars! Under de Boers's watch, OBAMA seized whatever global responsible development with the words”We've got them! The deal is done!”

    You were all lucky I happened to be at the meeting in Maastricht, the oldest Dutch city where the European Treaty for monetary stability was signed, to confront this guy with the right questions. After he insisted he didn't understand what I clarified with him before, I left the auditorium. A few days later, I heard from officials that he “answered all my questions”, once I was gone! We shape people out of assholes! This is a big step forward to World Stability, because very rarely addicts or idiots speak up. There's a lot more going wrong here. Why didn't you know what is out there? No worry, we'll tell you! By the way, Maastricht is the capital of the birthplace of the Dutch Disease where the most modern coalmines were closed and distroyed without opposition after the world's second biggest well of natural gas was found in 1959… the future easy life and dream better than any American banker could imagine, misleadingly seized by the 'Esso Four' based on post-war US technology-advantage: the consolidation of industrial dominance and implicit reason why people give their children garbage and don't know anymore that only language not subject to interpretation is exact science