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

  • EU divided on the need to increase its 2030 climate target

    15 EU environment ministers called today for increasing the EU’s climate target to limit warming to 1.5°C. The other ministers did not support such a commitment, turning their backs on the landmark IPCC report published yesterday.
  • Leaked EU strategy at odds with new IPCC report on 1.5°C

    In a draft long-term EU climate strategy leaked by the media today, the European Commission proposes three options for the EU’s long-term target: 80% emission reductions by 2050, reaching net zero emissions by 2070 and reaching net zero emissions by 2050. None of these targets reflect the urgency of action to keep temperature rise to 1.5°C enshrined in the IPCC report published earlier today.
  • Europe needs to step up climate action as scientists deliver unequivocal evidence for the need to stay below 1.5°C

    One day ahead of the EU Environment Ministers meeting expected to adopt the EU’s position for the upcoming UN Climate Summit COP24, the world’s leading body of climate scientists gave strong scientific evidence for the need to keep temperature rise to 1.5°C. The new IPCC report, ordered and endorsed by all world’s governments, showed that many of the dire consequences of future warming can be avoided by respecting this limit. It also confirmed that it is still possible, but requires a rapid and far-reaching shift across all sectors of the economy. Audio recording of the press briefing on the IPCC report with Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Wendel Trio and Claire Roumet organized by CAN Europe on 8th October 2018 is available here
  • Juncker’s State of the Union: what’s the plan for the climate?

    Tomorrow’s State of the European Union address is a perfect opportunity for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to reveal the progress so far in the development of the new EU long-term climate strategy. Stating his support for reducing emissions to net zero at the latest by 2050 and keeping temperature rise to 1.5C would be an appropriate and timely response to the unprecedented heat waves and forest fires that we have witnessed over the summer and the multiple calls from non-state actors, Member States and the European Parliament to scale up the EU’s climate action.
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