UNFCCC

UN Climate Negotiations (UNFCCC)

Climate change is a global challenge as emissions anywhere affect people everywhere. To respond to the climate crisis a rapid decarbonisation of our economies across the world is required. This is why internationally coordinated cooperation is needed. This is done under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UNFCCC.  

The UNFCCC COP21 Summit in Paris in December 2015 delivered the long sought outcomes for international climate action. For the first time in history all countries agreed to take drastic action to protect the planet from climate change, to jointly pursue efforts to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C, and to rapidly reduce emissions towards net zero in the second half of the century. In addition, the Paris Agreement created a framework for global climate policy by providing common rules for transparency and accountability, and the requirements for regular 5-year revision of countries’ targets and commitments.  

The EU’s current climate ambition is not consistent with the Paris Agreement.  

The requirement adopted in the Paris Agreement to pursue efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5°C demands a reassessment of the EU’s climate and energy policies, and an increase in action by all sectors. Reduction of global emissions to net zero during the second half of the century requires most sectors in the EU to achieve zero emissions within the next couple of decades. Most urgently the EU should adopt timelines for fully phasing out the use of coal, gas and oil. 

As countries’ current  climate targerts (INDCs) are inadequate and lead to dangerous warming of more than 3°C, it is therefore critical that all countries improve their respective mitigation targets as soon as possible, to be ready by 2018 when the UNFCCC stocktake takes place. For the European climate and energy policies to be consistent with the Paris Agreement, the EU’s targets currently foreseen for 2030 must be revised upwards. The best opportunity for the EU to do this is within the legislative processes on the 2030 climate and energy package.  

CAN Europe has been working on the UN climate negotiations for more than 20 years and continues to engage actively and in cooperation with CAN International and other regional CAN nodes in the UNFCCC process. 

 

Contact

ULRIIKKA

Ulriikka Aarnio in Brussels
International Climate Policy Coordinator
ulriikka/at/caneurope.org
+32 2894 4674

Latest Publications on UN Climate Negotiations

  • Climate finance at COP22: not just a numbers game

    As COP22 in Marrakech has come to a close, one can clearly note the same ugly issues raising their heads when it comes to financial support for climate action. Previous blogs in this section have documented throughout the years the diversions of opinion, disagreements of approach and the inherent lack of trust between developing and developed countries when it comes to climate finance. And this blog won’t tell a very different story.
  • Marrakech climate talks reiterate global commitment to tackle climate change - EU Member States need to step up their game

    At the climate conference in Marrakech which is coming to an end, all countries have reaffirmed their collective commitment to implement all elements of the Paris Agreement. While concrete outcomes of the talks remain modest, some key elements of the implementation of the Paris Agreement moved forward, including that the so called “Paris Rulebook” will be complete in 2018.
  • Climate Change Performance Index 2017

    Press Release Germanwatch and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe Global energy transition has started Emerging economies catch up / European countries lose speed / Japan, Australia and Canada worst performers of all industrialized countries [Marrakech 16 November 2016] With the historic Paris Agreement having recently entered into force, this year’s Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2017 confirms a boost for renewable energy and positive developments in energy efficiency. While these encouraging trends are happening on a global scale, the necessary energy revolution is still happening too slowly.
  • The European Commission wins Fossil of the Day Award at UN climate talks for weakening the EUs energy policies

    [Marrakech 15 November 2016] The European Commission received the “Fossil of the Day Award” from Climate Action Network at the UN Climate Summit in Marrakech today. The Commission was given the award for the inconsistency between its rhetoric at the international climate negotiations and failure to walk the talk at home while preparing the future EU energy legislation.
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