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Monday, 10 June 2013

EU seeks pathway to strong UN climate deal in 2015

All countries should outline their long-term plans for curbing greenhouse gases next year -  earlier than favoured by Washington – in order to revive the stalled fight against climate change, the European Union proposed on 28 May, in an official submission to the United Nations. Deciding on commitments next year should allow time for a review of each national plan before the 2015 agreement, it said.
The EU approach is more demanding than a U.S. proposal last month that said each nation should merely offer a "contribution" to the 2015 deal, perhaps by mid-2015, to allow a non-binding review lasting a few months.
Washington says that governments are more likely to act if they can define greenhouse gas programmes themselves, rather than be told what to do by outside reviewers. EU officials fear that such national policies will undermine ambition.

In 2011, almost 200 countries agreed to work out by the end of 2015 a UN pact to slow global warming with curbs taking effect from 2020. In 2015 will take place the 21st COP, at which parties are expected to agree on a new universal agreement that will come into force in 2020. 

Source: Euractiv