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EU: Rich countries must do more for climate

The European Union considers climate targets for other wealthy countries to be insufficient and demands that they speed up emissions cuts before the annual United Nations climate summit. They also agreed on their negotiating position on biodiversity.

European Union climate ministers agreed Monday evening that it is not a common position when the world’s nations gather in Egypt in early November for this year’s United Nations climate summit.

The most important success of the meeting for me is that after long negotiations, we were able to reach a compromise on the mandate before the climate conference in November, COP27. Anna Hubashkova, the Czech environment minister, said the EU wants to be a role model.

The EU states in its mandate that “global ambition must be significantly raised” in order to reach the 2015 Paris target of 1.5 global warming. [De] Nationally Determined Contributions and their Updates [är] Currently not enough. Therefore, all countries should put forward ambitious goals and strategies, and major economies in particular should review and tighten their NDCs long before COP27.”

two main questions

The EU’s contribution to the UN climate goals from Paris 2015 is closest to the target of reducing emissions by at least 55% by 2030. At the same time, this target will be revised upwards in connection with EU countries agreeing to independence from Russian gas, coal and oil.

One of the ministers’ two main questions was to what extent the EU’s 2030 target should be raised, and thus presented as the union’s enhanced climate target at the United Nations. In the settlement, it was agreed to update the goals once the “core parts” were agreed, which is expected to happen before the end of the year.

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The second critical issue was the formulation of a global coal phase-out. The compromise has become a call for the world’s nations to “stop the relentless use of coal by phasing out and ending inefficient fossil fuel subsidies to accelerate the energy transition.”

Another important issue is the pledge by rich countries to collectively contribute $100 billion annually to poor countries for climate change. This year, that goal appears set to be missed, but ministers expect to reach it next year.

did last week The European Parliament at homeAbout what they think EU countries should pay for at the climate summit and they wanted, among other things, to see that the promise to give money to poor countries was actually fulfilled.

The WWF, in a statement, welcomed the common position of the European Union countries ahead of the United Nations meeting in Egypt.

The European Union’s commitment to promoting [nationella mål i 2030-paketet] Shirley Matheson of the WWF’s European Union office outlines her ambition to demonstrate leadership, credibility and solidarity at a global level.

EU position on biodiversity

Climate ministers also agreed on their common EU position and mandate ahead of the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity, which will take place in Canada in mid-December.

Global stocks of animals and plants have declined by nearly 70 percent in the past 50 years. We simply cannot afford to lose any more time, EU Environment Commissioner Virginius Sinkivius warned after Monday’s meeting.

In their mandate, EU countries want to see “an ambitious, comprehensive and transformative global framework for biodiversity for the post-2020 period that includes long-term goals for 2050.”

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In the UN’s 2030 biodiversity goals, the European Union aims to conserve at least 30 percent of the world’s land and oceans, halt human extinction of known threatened species, and reduce levels and risks of pollution from all sources.

In a separate statement, the WWF described the position of EU countries ahead of the UN meeting on biodiversity as “positive” but that “the EU should increase its ambitions when it comes to addressing the drivers behind biodiversity loss and agree to halve the global footprint of production and consumption by year.” 2030.”