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EU adopts its position for the UN climate change conference

The Environment Council on 14 October 2013 adopted conclusions in preparation for the UN climate talks, which will take place in Warsaw from 11 to 22 November 2013.

Warsaw climate change conference

The conclusions set out the main elements of the EU position for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The EU stance focuses in particular on the proper implementation of existing decisions and advancing work under the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action by:

  • closing the gap in the pre-2020 level of mitigation ambition as quickly as possible
  • preparing the ground for adopting a new global post-2020 climate agreement by 2015.

 The EU wants the new agreement to take the form of a legally binding protocol applicable to all parties.

“Warsaw this year and Lima next year will be the last stages before reaching the so long-awaited global climate change agreement in Paris in 2015. It is crucial that we start laying the basis for success in Paris already now”,  said Valentinas Mazuronis, environment minister of Lithuania. 

The EU and climate change

In the fight against climate change the EU is leading by example through its domestic action. EU leaders have committed the EU to becoming a highly energy-efficient, low-emission economy.

Binding legislation has been put in place to cut emissions to 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. Recently adopted or proposed measures mean reductions are likely to exceed this target.

The EU is offering to step up its 2020 reduction target to 30% if other major economies commit to taking on their fair share of global action.

 

Other topics on the agenda

The ministers held an exchange of views on the proposal for a regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 on shipments of waste within the EU and between the EU and  third countries. The proposal contains measures to:

  • better address the problem of illegal waste shipments, and
  • ensure a more uniform implementation of waste shipment regulation across the EU.

The Council also examined the final compromise text of a draft regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 443/2009 to define the modalities for reaching the 2020 target to reduce CO2 emissions from new passenger cars.

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