MEPs call on EU to ratchet up its climate goals

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A file photo dated 02 March 2012 shows steam and fumes emerging from the brown coal-fired power plant Niederaussem operated by RWE near Bergheim, Germany.

MEPs call on EU to ratchet up its climate goals


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The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has agreed on a series of recommendations to EU institutions and countries ahead of November’s COP23 meeting in Bonn. The committee, which will send a delegation to the conference, called on EU leaders to implement the agreement with EU legislation and ratchet up the bloc’s goals and policy instruments.

Meeting on September 7, the MEPs called for a mid-century zero emissions strategy by 2018.

They said the aim of this strategy will be to keep the temperature rise well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit the temperature rise to 1.5°C. The process should begin as soon as possible, they said.

The MEPs also expressed their disappointment at US President Trump’s announcement of his intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. “This decision represents a step backwards”, they noted.

They also called for concrete EU and international commitments to deliver additional financing sources. Lending and investment practices should be in line with the well below 2°C target, including divesting from fossil fuels and phasing out export credits (such as financial incentives) for fossil fuel investments, they said.

The Environment Committee’s draft resolution was adopted with 54 votes in favour, none against and six abstentions. It will be put to a vote by the full House during the October 2-5 plenary session in Strasbourg.

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