WWF briefing: EU and COP21: priorities & recommendations | WWF

WWF briefing: EU and COP21: priorities & recommendations

Posted on 20 November 2015
The road through Paris
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Climate change is speeding up and getting worse – action is required. The European Union (EU) has long been a leader on climate action within the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The UN Climate Summit in Paris (COP 21) is an opportunity for the EU to pursue its leadership role. It represents the most important global moment for progressive climate action since COP15 in Copenhagen (2009). Citizens and communities around the world are already spearheading the shift to clean energy solutions and support moving out of coal and other fossil fuels.

The Paris climate talks create the momentum for governments to agree on how to speed up the global zero-carbon transition, redirecting economic development towards decarbonisation and climate resilience and ending the age of fossil fuels.

WWF calls on the EU to seize this crucial time to reinvigorate its role and use all its influence to increase climate ambition. The Paris Agreement must provide a clear, unequivocal signal that world leaders are committed to a just transition to a zero carbon future, based on renewable energy and energy savings. While Paris will not be the end of the climate struggle, it can signal the turning of the tide with the right political will.