EU to show leadership at Durban talks

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Posted on: 20 Nov 2011

The European Union aims to show leadership at the UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa, and fight to continue the CO2-cutting Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012.

20 November 2011 EU aims to show leadership at Durban talks The European Union should show leadership at the UN climate summit in Durban and fight to continue the CO2-cutting Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012, says a resolution adopted by the European Parliament. The bloc should give "public and unequivocal" support to the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol, a international agreement that commits The International Convention Centre Durban. Photo: ICC industrialized countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The parliament wants to avoid any gap after the current phase expires at the end of 2012. Echoing previous climate resolutions, the resolution says the EU should aim beyond its current 20 percent emissions reduction target for 2020. Doing so would be in its own economic interest, given the benefits of "green jobs, growth and security". "International climate negotiations are at crossroads between stagnation and progress - the EU must help to create a new dynamic in Durban," said Environment Committee and Parliament delegation chair Jo Leinen, after the resolution was adopted. "The economic crisis must not be used as an excuse not to act. The EU should back the Kyoto Protocol and work with other countries on a roadmap to ensure a comprehensive climate treaty is in place by 2015 at the latest," he added. The parliament wants the EU to help find agreement on the sources and management of a Green climate fund to support developing countries, which should reach USD100 billion per year by 2020. New measures are also needed to curb aviation and marine emissions (excluded from the Kyoto protocol), and to address land use change. In the face of challenges by some countries outside the EU, the parliament stands firmly behind legislation they approved in 2008 to include aviation in the EU emissions trading system from 1 January 2012. The parliament is concerned that there is a "gigaton gap" between international commitments and the UN target of limiting average global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. UN scientific reports have concluded that that industrialized countries need to reduce their emissions by 25-40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. Low expectations Almost no one believes the Durban talks can come up with an immediate successor to the first stage of the Kyoto Protocol. "We all know that Durban is not going to deliver what we in Europe would like to see," EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told the debate, according to Reuters. A more realistic goal for Durban, Hedegaard and many others have said, is that it can lay the foundations for a follow-up global treaty to take effect at some point and meanwhile strengthen other mechanisms to try to limit global warming. Sources: European Parliament, Reuters Related: EU reaffirms short-term climate financing EU deeper CO2 cut still on the table in Durban EU sets conditions for Kyoto extension Durban could lay the ground for a major deal
Posted: 20 November 2011

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