EU takes a step toward taking bold action on climate change
The UN Climate Talks are taking place against the backdrop of a year of firsts, and not in a good way. Within weeks Mozambique was hit by two cyclones, the Caribbean was hit by a 40-hour hurricane, and heatwaves have been near immediately followed by droughts in parts of South East Asia. All are unprecedented, extreme climatic events brought on by a lack of action to tackle climate change.
Frontline communities in developing countries have, and are currently experiencing a multitude of climate impacts, resulting in sustained losses and damages that are impacting both their economies and the livelihoods of entire communities. The lack of ambition demonstrated by the EU and other developed countries over the last decade has directly impacted the scale of losses and damages currently being felt by developing countries in the Global South.
“Showing solidarity and sowing the seeds of trust within the UN Climate Talks means committing to reducing emissions in line with the recommendations of the latest UNEP Emission Gap Report, which calls for the EU to reduce its emissions by 67% by 2030” says Floris Faber.
Today the EU demonstrated a willingness to contribute to closing the global ambition gap by adopting a net-zero by 2050. Now that the EU has taken this step, it must now look at actioning the recommendations of the UNEP Emission Gap report.
“It’s good that the EU took the step toward tackling climate change. This goes a long way to re-building the trust and goodwill that was generated as a result of the Paris Agreement being agreed and coming into force, early in 2016. And it represents a defining moment as to what we can expect from the EU long-term to address the climate crisis” continues Faber.
ACT Alliance EU expects the EU to use the momentum of this outcome and the goodwill of the European Parliament’s declaration of a climate and environment emergency to adopt a 67% emissions reduction by 2030 target and to scale-up its support for developing countries.
Developing countries want to play their part in addressing the global climate problem, despite having contributed to climate change the least. However, they do not have the same resources and capacities to implement measures to address climate change or to address loss and damage, the latter of which is becoming more frequent in developing countries each year due to the rise in extreme climatic events.
“It’s imperative that the EU and the EU Member States scale-up the financial support with which they provide developing countries. Doing so will help developing countries transition to climate-compatible sustainable economies and societies, post-extreme climatic events” says Faber.
Leia Achampong, Policy Officer, Climate Justice, ACT Alliance EU: email@example.com +32 466 36 50 87.
- ACT Alliance EU (2019): COP25 expectations paper ‘How Can The EU Ensure That COP25 Results In Climate Just Outcomes?’
- European Green Deal: https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en
- European Parliament climate and environment emergency declaration (2019): https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-9-2019-0078_EN.html
- European Council COP25 Resolution (2019): https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-9-2019-0079_EN.html
- UNEP Emissions Gap Report (2019). https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/cut-global-emissions-76-percent-every-year-next-decade-meet-15degc
-  UNEP Emissions Gap Report (2019). https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/cut-global-emissions-76-percent-every-year-next-decade-meet-15degc
-  European Parliament (2019). Climate and environmental emergency declaration. https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-9-2019-0078_EN.html