COP22: European Union responsibility now bigger than ever



Brussels, 19 November 2016

Commenting on the final agreement of the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, European Green Party Co-Chairs Reinhard Bütikofer and Monica Frassoni said:

“After the negotiations in Marrakech and the US elections, the European Union responsibility is now bigger than ever. The EU needs to keep alive the Paris ambition and make sure that the inconvenient truth of dangerously weak national targets is addressed head on.

“This COP has in fact been an unusual one, with president Trump being elected while the negotiations had already started, and it sends a powerful signal to the President-elect: country after country, they all made it christal clear that they will implement the Paris Agreement – not a single State declared it will pull out if Donald Trump does, showing that the fight against climate change is clearly unstoppable.

"We now need to envision a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050 at the latest, which is impossible to achieve if we still count on fossil fuel energy sources. This is why we will continue to work harder and harder on our campaign on divestment from fossil fuels.

“In spite of the fanfare, the energy package that the Commission will release on 30 November is not ambitious at all, so in this key historical moment we seriously risk to fail to deliver at home. Moreover, developed countries only committed to doubling their contribution raising from 10 to 20 bn, which represents only 20% of the amount aimed at, as developing countries demanded to quadruple those contributions.

"As several issues have been postponed at this COP to the next one under the Presidency of Fiji that will take place in Bonn, we hope to see a more ambitious EU and a stronger outcome at the COP23."

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