About the Treaty and Endorsement
THE FOSSIL FUEL NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY (FFNPT) is a global initiative to halt the expansion and production of fossil fuels and to fast-track progress towards safer, more sustainable solutions.
Modeled after the 1968 treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons – it is constructed around the same three pillars: non-proliferation (an agreement not to exploit new reserves), disarmament (the managed decline of fossil fuels and their infrastructure) and peaceful transition (a just and peaceful transition to renewables and the financing of low carbon energy alternatives to developing countries through a global transition fund).
WHY IS THE FFNPT NEEDED?
Oil, and gas are responsible for 80% of the world’s climate problem and concern is growing that nations aren’t working fast enough to reduce their use. This requires international cooperation, but the Paris Agreement only emphasizes carbon emissions and says nothing about curbing the expansion and production of the fuels that cause most of those emissions.
The latest UN released Production Gap Report shows there is still 1.3 trillion dollars going to new oil and gas projects. If realized, these projects would cause 120% more climate pollution than the safe limit currently agreed to in Paris.
Although some countries have placed a moratorium on exploration and expansion, many are hesitant to do so, fearing that other “free-rider countries” less committed to climate goals, could obtain a competitive advantage in international trade.
The FFNPT would encourage participation by all countries and provide a means for least developed countries to participate in the benefits of building a low carbon economy. It would be complementary to the Paris Agreement.
HOW DOES THE FFNPT BUILD SUPPORT?
The Treaty seeks endorsement initially by Municipal governments to gain broader support. This eventually leads to the national level where the development of a multilateral agreement is initiated.
Since a high percentage of carbon emissions come from cities (approx. 80% in Ontario), they play a critical role. The more cities that demonstrate their commitment to the Treaty and urge that Canada participate in international discussions, the more pressure it will put on the Federal Government to act.
WHAT IS THE REQUEST FOR ENDORSEMENT?
The endorsement of the FFNPT is a statement of support for the main principles of the Treaty – and its opposition to new expansion through areas of their jurisdiction - a proactive approach to addressing the climate crisis. It is also a commitment to request that the Federal Government negotiate a global treaty.
The form of endorsement by municipalities is usually by adoption of a motion by City Council. Vancouver was the first city to endorse the FFNPT. Toronto would be the second major city in Canada to consider such an endorsement. Recently the International Energy Agency declared there must be NO NEW OIL GAS OR COAL DEVELOPMENT and an immediate phase-out is needed, and ramp up of renewables, if the world is to reach net zero by 2050.
It is our belief that if enough municipalities across Canada either endorse or show support for the Treaty it will deliver a strong, unified message to the Federal Government, that Canadians are opposed to further exploration and expansion of fossil fuel production and infrastructure across the country. Most importantly it will underscore the urgent need to negotiate a global multilateral Treaty. For more detailed information about the Treaty, please check out the website: www.fossilfueltreaty.org.