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Friday, 17 June 2016

EU Commission presents COP21 ratification proposals

The so-called COP21 agreement will come into force after it is ratified by at least 55 countries that account for at least 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Those countries will then be legally bound by it. The Commission's new proposal comes just weeks after the EU and 174 countries formally signed the Paris agreement, the world's first universal legally binding deal to tackle climate change, in New York. In an announcement on Friday, the Commission said it intends, in the coming months, to propose state targets to reduce emissions in those sectors not covered by the EU emissions trading system, such as transport, agriculture and buildings. The Commission said it will also propose how to integrate land use into the 2030 framework and issue a communication on low-carbon mobility. According to European climate action and energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, the proposals, together with the revision of the emissions trading system, will "deliver the remainder of the EU's commitments" under the Paris agreement. Speaking in Brussels, the Spanish official described the plans as an "integral part" of the energy union's ambitious and "forward-looking" climate policy.

Source: theparliamentmagazine.eu