Tag Archives: Climate change

Post-2013 EU Budget Overhaul?

The EU Observer says that the first principle draft of EU budgeting post-2013 shows significant changes in budget priorities. Agricultural and regional aid in its current form is significantly reduced. Regional aid for wealthy Member States is scrapped to a large extent. Jobs, climate change and foreign policy are the three priorities in the budget draft.

EU position for the Copenhagen Climate Conference

We now have the conclusions of the Council on the EU position for the Copenhagen Climate Conference. The 13-page document repeats the general lines of EU climate policy, including targets for global warming – up to 2°C above the preindustrial level; a 50% reduction of global emissions by 2050, and at least 80% reduction of emissions of developed countries by 2050.

This is a cross-post from TH!NK2 Climate Change.

EU Climate Funding Blocked Ahead of Copenhagen

EU finance ministers failed to agree on funding climate mitigation and adaptation in developing countries. Poland and other Eastern European countries have apparently voiced concerns that they would end up paying more than they can afford. The issue was deferred to the European Council summit in the end of October.

This outcome is not exactly surprising for me.

This is a cross-post to Th!nk About It 2- Climate Change.

Financing for Developing Countries: the Gordian Knot of Climate Change Negotiations?

This is not exactly news – European Union Member States disagree over the financing for developing countries as part of the overall climate change strategy. There is disagreement on everything – the scale of financing, the start of financing assistance, etc.

But wait – it appears that there is not a single official document issued by the EU with reliable and verifiable information on the total level of financial support to developing countries for climate change mitigation and adaptation purposes provided by the Union and its Member States to-date.

Not that the EU has not done anything – we’ve probably done more than anyone else. However, it is very difficult to expect any progress in the negotiations in Copenhagen when the Union itself does not have a common approach to climate change financing for the developing countries.

It is clear – we need to support adaptation and mitigation in the developing countries. One of the most important issues is to provide funding for new, more expensive, climate-friendly technologies. Another equally important element is financing adaptation measures that are synchronized with development strategies and take into account climate change impacts for the World’s poorest.

It never hurts to remind that climate change demands action that is both global and collective. Let us not build alliances that simply do not work.

This post is part of the Blog Action Day campaign.

The European Agenda on Climate Change

There is a new document summarizing the state of play on the Copenhagen negotiations and the difficulties on getting an agreement. However, more importantly for me, there is an outline of issues important for the European Union during the negotiations.

Those issues are:

  • Binding emission reductions by all industrialised countries based on comparable efforts;
  • Appropriate action by developing countries to limit emissions;
  • A framework for action on adaptation to climate change;
  • Action to reduce deforestation and forest degradation and promote sustainable forest management in tropical regions;
  • Updated accounting rules for emissions from land-use, land-use change and forestry;
  • An expanded international carbon market to generate financial support for developing countries and promote cost-effective emission cuts;
  • Provision of international public finance to developing countries to supplement financial flows from the carbon market and domestic investment;
  • A comprehensive package on technology cooperation and funding to accelerate development of a low-carbon global economy.

This is a cross-post from Th!nk 2 Climate Change.

    CO2 Tax in Europe?

    The idea of CO2 taxation of fuels in Europe is not new. Now Euractiv says that the European Commission is planning to propose a new CO2-related component that is designed to complement a general tax on energy consumption.

    The draft suggests that a minimum levy of €0.01 per kilogramme of CO2 could be added to the price of heating fuels like gasoil, kerosene and natural gas. Motor fuels would be taxed either €0.01 or €0.03 per kg/CO2, depending on where they are used.

    There are exemptions provided, such as due to distribution imbalances, and a general transitional period for Eastern European Member States until 2021. There is also an idea to pass the draft under the rules of enhanced cooperation. That will allow dissenting Member States to opt out of the new rules.

    This is a cross-post from Think 2.

    My Blog on Climate Change

    I now participate in TH!NK2 Climate Change – a 3 month blogging competition with a focus on UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) in December 2009.

    You can check my posts on this topic here.