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Tuesday, 06 November 2012

Climate summit: EU and world must raise ambition

The UN climate summit in Doha (COP 18) should spur the EU and other countries around the world to step up their action to limit global warming, say Environment Committee MEPs in a resolution adopted on 6 November. A majority called for the EU to aim for a 30% reduction in emissions by 2020.  The cross-party resolution - adopted with 54 votes in favour, 7 against and 1 abstention - will be put to a plenary vote in the 19-22 November session.
MEPs remind that UN parties' pledged action falls short of what scientific findings deem necessary to meet their objective of limiting average global warming to 2°C. Calling on the EU to raise the bar on its current 20% emissions reductions target, the resolution says, "It is in the EU's own interest to aim for a climate protection target of 30% by 2020, thus creating sustainable growth, additional jobs and decreasing the dependency on energy imports".
Furthermore, environment MEPs gave firm support to a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol, a landmark agreement in force since 2005 and due to expire at the end of this year. This should bridge the gap to a global, legally-binding treaty that is set to be agreed by 2015 and in place by 2020, following a breakthrough commitment by UN parties at the Durban summit last December.

Source: European Parliament

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