EU sets ambitious targets for the Warsaw climate conference

Warsaw, Poland. 19th session of the Conference of the Parties participating in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 18-22 November 2013. (UN climate change).

Warsaw, Poland. 19th session of the Conference of the Parties participating in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 18-22 November 2013. (UN climate change).

The UN climate conferences are the kind on international tribunes, where the European Union can present its opinions with pride. It’s not only that the EU has unilaterally set a target to cut down green-house emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020, but also because this programme is on track to achieve targets. On top of that, the European Parliament, in a resolution voted in October, has offered that the EU can increase its emission reduction target to 30% by 2020, if other major emitting regions commit themselves to comparable goals.

Given that, the EU Parliament delegation presently attending the UN climate conference held in Warsaw this week, has, if not an easy job at least a gratifying one. The 19th United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP19) held this week in Warsaw, aims to set out a timetable and steps towards a global and binding climate agreement to be concluded in Paris in 2015. The conference will be attended by ten EU legislators, led by MEP Matthias Groote (S&D, DE).

Can COP 19 do the job?

COP 19 is the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties participating in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The COP is the supreme decision-making body of the Convention. All governments that are party to the Convention are represented at the COP, where they review and promote the implementation of the Convention.

Unfortunately, the Polish government also chose to hold in Warsaw an international meeting of the coal industry during this week, which is invariably associated with dark skies. It may be true that 40% of the electricity consumed today in Europe comes from coal, but it’s a blunder, at least aesthetically, to invite the coal industry to gather at the same place and the same time, with the colourful crowd usually present in environmental events. Naturally the outcry reached the grey winter skies of the Polish capital.

EU leads the world

Coming back to the EU Parliament delegation, its leader Matthias Groote said, “We want real pledges from all regions in the world. We want to move forward now and not in 2018 or 2020. We have to keep Paris 2015 in mind, and we have to push for binding commitments from developing countries too. We also need more financial support from developed countries”. To underline the EU’s offer for a 30% cut in green-house emissions by 2020, Groote will hold a joint press conference with EU Climate Action Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard tomorrow, Wednesday.

Of course it will be a very difficult, if not impossible job to get such pledges from say the US or China on this occasion. This is an interim conference to pave the way for the Paris meeting in 2015, where the real intentions will be exposed. The major impediment to courageous climate target setting remains the languishing effort of the world economy, which tries to remain afloat, in view of the falling growth rates. Only China shows robust growth but its new leadership appears reluctant to undermine economic development for the sake of the world climate.

As they say, when it comes to action to effectively fight the climate change, it’s the ‘after you Sir’ syndrome that prevails. The EU however has shown leadership in this respect and proposed to lead the way. Unfortunately, it was the US and China in Copenhagen four years ago who undermined any progress. This attitude led to complete failure the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, serving as the Meeting of the Parties participating in the Kyoto Protocol, which took place in Copenhagen in December 2009. Hopefully this UNFCCC doesn’t have the same frustrating conclusion.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Climate change and health: public health awareness in an international framework

The Bavarians threaten Berlin and Brussels with immigration crisis

Here’s how the EU is doing on gender equality

Zuckerberg, a paella, and the mighty EU questionnaires that would stop Whatsapp acquisition by Facebook?

State aid: Commission invites comments on State aid rules for the deployment of broadband networks

COP21 Breaking News_09 December: The Draft Agreement Updated

The global appetite for meat is growing, and it’s harming the planet

‘Answer the call of Afghans’ to reduce impact of conflict, UN urges all parties amid increase in civilian airstrike deaths

Chart of the day: This is what violence does to a nation’s GDP

TTIP wins Merkel’s endorsement ahead of 2016 tough deadline

This Chinese tech giant’s latest gadget is… a bus

Can the banking union help Eurozone counter its imminent threats?

Dutch voters reject EU-Ukraine partnership and open a new pandora’s box for the EU

Easing fears and promoting gender equality in Chad’s girls-only classrooms

DR Congo: Electoral process advancing despite threat of armed groups, UN envoy tells Security Council

May a parody constitute a copyright infringement? European Court of Justice to give the answer

As COP25 goes into the night, Guterres calls for more climate ambition

Heart attacks and strokes are more common on high pollution days, data shows

Crowdfunding: what it is and what it may become

Canada grants asylum for Saudi teen who fled family: UNHCR

World cannot be transformed without ‘ingenuity of the countries of the South’: UN Chief

We are ‘burning up our future’, UN’s Bachelet tells Human Rights Council

Twenty days that may remold the future of Europe

Greece and Ukraine main items on EU28 menu; the course is set

Seaweed, enzymes and compostable cups: Can ‘Big Food’ take on plastic and win?

Carnage must stop in northwest Syria demands Lowcock, as attacks intensify

Greater transparency, fairer prices for medicines ‘a global human rights issue’, says UN health agency

How Africa and Asia are joining forces on universal healthcare

Ebola in DR Congo: New transmission chain risks reversing major gains

CHALLENGING THE ZEITGEIST OF DIGITAL – Change making projects innovate mobile support for refugees, inclusive environments, early breast cancer detection and more

Family-friendly policies benefit all of us. Here are 4 ways to boost them

End discrimination against women and children affected by leprosy

Walk, cycle, dance and play – UN health agency recommends new action plan for good health

UN and Red Cross chiefs appeal for end to use of explosive weapons in cities

Air quality: Commission takes action to protect citizens from air pollution

This man is installing 100 trash barriers in Bali’s rivers to stop plastic pollution

UN chief ‘deeply saddened’ by Ethiopia plane crash which killed 157, including at least 21 UN workers

Boom in Artificial Intelligence patents, points to ‘quantum leap’ in tech: UN report

This robot has soft hands. It could be the future of sustainable production

The space internet race is dawning. Here’s what to expect

How has policy affected employment in small businesses in the US?

COVID-19: More new virus cases outside China than in, ‘no time for complacency’, says UN health agency

A machine din

Computer skills are crucial for children – in lockdown and in life

Stop illegal trade in cats and dogs, say MEPs

As Houthi forces withdraw from key Yemeni ports, UN monitoring chief welcomes ‘first practical step on the ground’

‘Repeated attacks’ could close down key hospital in eastern Libya, says WHO

The horrific trend of the anti-vaccine movement in Turkey

European Youth Capital 2018 : Cascais

EU economic governance: More exploitation for the weaker countries

Global South cooperation ‘vital’ to climate change fight, development, Guterres tells historic Buenos Aires summit

G20 LIVE: “International communities and leaders have great expectations for 2016 G20 summit in Hangzhou China”, Mr Wang Xiaolong, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s special envoy stresses live from G20 in Antalya Turkey

Climate change is destroying a barrier that protects the US from hurricanes

COVID-19: Commission launches European team of scientific experts to strengthen EU coordination and medical response

ISIS fighters fleeing Mosul for Syria can topple Assad. Why did the US now decide to uproot them from Iraq?

The secret to Bangladesh’s economic success? The Sheikh Hasina factor

Evidence shows ‘brutal’ killing of Saudi journalist ‘planned and perpetrated’ by State officials: UN independent expert

Madagascar: UN Secretary-General reaffirms support for electoral process

MEPs cap prices of calls within EU and approve emergency alert system

COVID-19: ‘Top priority’ must be on containment, insists WHO’s Tedros

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s