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Thursday, 22 November 2012

EP: Resolution for EU commitment at Doha

The European Parliament will adopt today 22 November a Resolution which calls for more concerted action in climate funding commitments in the upcoming international talks in Doha between 26 November – 7 December.
"The EU needs to live up to its financial commitments and to lead by example by raising its own commitments to reduce emissions by 2020",  MEP Corinne Lepage (ALDE spokesperson on Doha climate talks) said.
"The commitments of the Parties currently on the table would lead us to a 4°C increase of temperature by 2060, according to the World Bank. There is a huge responsibility on Qatar, who will chair these negotiations and who have not shown a strong will to actively fight climate change up until now ", she added.
The Resolution underlines a target to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2020 which is essential in efforts related to UN climate talks. The key points of the Resolution include: supporting the second commitment period of the Kyoto protocol starting on 1 January 2013, limiting global warming to 2 degrees, raising the ambition of global greenhouse gas emission cuts, forging a common EU position on Assigned Amount Unit carbon credits (AAUs), looking at ways to become more energy efficient, deploying the renewable energy sources and other clean energy technologies, avoiding the gap of financing after 2012 and demonstrating necessary climate funding from 2013 to 2020.
The Doha Summit faces a number of significant challenges for moving ahead towards a new legally-binding climate change treaty that can be agreed by 2015 and brought into effect from 2020.


Source: ALDE