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EU urged to 'show leadership' in Cancún climate talks

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Friday, 03 December 2010

EU urged to 'show leadership' in Cancún climate talks

Parliament has called on EU leaders to "demonstrate real political leadership" during the UN climate change negotiations which start next week in Cancún, Mexico.Parliament adopted a resolution which "deplores the fact that there has not been more progress" in preparing for the climate summit.The resolution underlines a target to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 per cent by 2020 which is "essential for the future sustainable economic growth of the European economy."French Liberal member Corinne Lepage said, "Parliament has sent a very clear message: Europe must increase its ambition and reduce its emissions by at least 30 per cent by 2020."This is vital to maintain a chance of avoiding disastrous effects resulting from climate change, but it is also in the interest of our economy, as low energy consumption is increasingly becoming a factor of competitiveness."Irish deputy Bairbre de Brún, co-author of the resolution agreed, saying, "Real leadership and political will are needed in Cancún and we must not use the global economic crisis as an excuse for inaction, or for denying climate justice."The resolution calls for substantive steps to be agreed in Cancún, and stresses the historical responsibility borne by developed countries for irreversible climate change as well as their obligation to assist the developing countries and the least-developed countries in adapting to this change."We call on the commission and member states to ensure that climate financing is in addition to fulfilling their targets in providing 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) as official development assistance (ODA)."As for actions that must be taken within the EU, parliament has clearly called today for the EU to adopt a domestic greenhouse gas emissions  reduction target of 30 per cent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels, and for the 20 per cent energy efficiency target to become binding."

Source: The Parliament