The common target was to reduce the emissions of the following greenhouse gases to 5.2% below the levels recorded in the year 1990 by 2012.
The member states were grouped into two classes: developed states and developing nations. The countries that benefited from the industrial revolution and other developed nations that emit a large amount of greenhouse gases were given legally binding targets. The developing nations did not have any targets.
The reduction targets for major industrialized nations:
The following were allowed to increase their emissions up to their respective targets.
Ukraine, New Zealand and the Russian Federation were given a target of 0%, which means they do not have to reduce, but they cannot increase their emission levels from that of 1990.