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.
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Tagged Climate change, Copenhagen, Council of the EU, negotiations, position
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.
Financial Times reports that the European Union is to offer €15 billion a year to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change.
According to FT this offer falls short of what developing countries have said is needed. Additionally, the proposal reportedly contains language suggesting that the EU could use development aid promised for poor countries as part of its climate-change contribution. This idea is contested by NGOs that use development aid.
The question of aid needed by developing countries to engage in reducing their emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change is one of the four political essentials for Copenhagen formulated by Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
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Tagged adaptation, aid, Climate change, Copenhagen, developing countries, development aid, European Commission, European Union, mitigation, UNFCCC