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The EU’s climate commitment is thin on details and ambition

Posted on 06 March 2015
The 'lights off' button waiting to be pressed wich will switch off the illuminations on the Eiffel Tower for Earth Hour on March 28th 2009, Paris, France.
© Martin Leers / WWF-France

Today, the EU’s environment ministers adopted the EU’s commitment towards the Paris agreement on climate change - known as Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). The text adopted is thin on details and low in ambition, postponing crucial decisions and providing little support to the EU’s diplomatic outreach in the run-up to the UN climate summit in Paris at the end of the year.


Reacting to the adoption of the EU’s INDC, Jason Anderson, Head of EU Climate and Energy Policy at WWF European Policy Office, said:

“Ministers are applauding themselves for submitting their climate commitment before the deadline, but they should be aiming for much more than that. This minimal compromise leaves big gaps yet to be filled: how could Europe go beyond 40%? How will land use be accounted for? What support is Europe concretely proposing in finance and adaptation? Neither this commitment nor the Commission’s recent Communication should be the last word on these issues.

The EU needs to get its act together. Its leaders may be used to settling for weak compromises because of internal battles, but the outside world will show little understanding – they rightly expect Europe to stand on the high ground it claims at every UN conference, and not just to point up to it from below.”

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Jason Anderson
Head of Climate & Energy
WWF European Policy Office
janderson@wwf.eu
Phone:+32 2 740 09 35
Mobile:+32 4 74 837 603
 
Audrey Gueudet
Climate & Energy Media and Communication Officer
WWF European Policy Officer
agueudet@wwf.eu
Phone: +32 2 743 88 06 
Mobile: + 32 494 03 20 27
The 'lights off' button waiting to be pressed wich will switch off the illuminations on the Eiffel Tower for Earth Hour on March 28th 2009, Paris, France.
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