Credibility and will can move climate talks forward
25 May 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – [Bonn – 25 May 2012] During these past two weeks at the climate negotiations in Bonn, we witnessed an inadequate response from all Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to address the climate crisis. Somehow lost in the din of over technical discussions in Bonn is the fact that global emissions are still rising rather than falling.
CAN Europe calls on the EU to help increase ambition. CAN has been pushing for more attention on short-term emissions reduction targets. It became obvious during these two weeks that especially the most vulnerable countries have not given up on this kind of increased ambition this year. The EU’s presentation at the equity workshop was proactive and positive. It’s clear that if the future global climate agreement is not fair and equitable, it also won’t be ambitious.
“We see ambition and equity as two sides of the same coin,” said Wendel Trio, Director of CAN Europe. “For the EU, this means immediately raising its emissions reduction target at home to at least 30%, which could happen as early as the 11 June meeting of environment ministers. The positive momentum that started building in Bonn won’t kick off by itself.”
In addition, we need to see movement on climate finance. "The EU says it is committed to delivering climate finance in the coming years, but finance ministers have still not been able to confirm that there will be funds available from next year,” said Mattias Söderberg, Senior Advocacy Advisor at DanChurchAid. “This reluctance to make concrete financial commitments is undermining trust among developing countries.”
In Durban, European Ministers agreed to a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol. Now they need to make that happen, first and foremost by reaching consensus on how to deal with surplus pollution permits, or AAUs, leftover from the first period. This is something Parties, especially those in Central and Eastern Europe, need to take home to their capitals in order to find a solution before the next Conference of Parties in Doha at the end of this year.
Climate Action Network (CAN)-Europe is a coalition of over 150 citizens’ organisations in Europe working to stop the most dangerous effects of climate change. CAN-Europe is the European node of CAN International, a worldwide network of over 750 environmental and development organisations committed to limiting human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.