Kyoto-style Protocol for Global Oil Depletion to be Debated at International Conference in Lisbon
Current and former elected officials will debate a proposed international agreement to avoid global conflict over the world’s depleting oil supplies during a conference at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon on 19 May 2005.
Loosely modelled on the Kyoto Protocol for climate change, the proposed ‘Oil Depletion Protocol’ would provide a framework for major consumers to use less oil and develop alternatives, while preventing major producers from profiteering as oil supplies become scarce. It would also help poorer nations share more equitably the world’s remaining oil to meet their developing needs.
The panel will include:
- Yves Cochet, Member of the French National Assembly and former Minister for the Environment and Regional Planning
- Michael Meacher, British Member of Parliament and former Environment Minister
- Rudolf Rechsteiner, Member of the Swiss Parliament and lecturer on energy and environmental policy at Basel University
- Edward Schreyer, former Governor General of Canada and Special Advisor on Energy, Science and Technology to the Government of Manitoba
More than 300 people are expected to attend the two-day conference, including oil and energy industry leaders, investment analysts, consultants and government officials.
“Huge adjustments will have to be made to improve energy efficiency and bring in renewable sources as world oil production inevitably begins to decline, possibly within the next few years,” Colin Campbell, a Board member of the London-based Oil Depletion Analysis Centre, said.
“To prevent an incoherent, destructive global free-for-all for the world’s remaining oil, we need a managed approach through international agreement,” he said.
Under the proposed Protocol, oil-importing countries would be required to reduce their imports to match the overall world depletion rate and oil-producing countries would agree not to produce above their current rates of depletion. Such an agreement would moderate world oil prices and help stimulate locally the development of renewable energy sources.
“The alternative is ever-soaring oil prices with destabilising effects on the world economy,” Dr Campbell said, “which clearly would be in no one’s interest.”
A draft of the Oil Depletion Protocol can be found at: http://www.odac-info.org/bulletin/DepletionProtocol.htm