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  • 11 October 2018

    The Ambassador of the European Union, H.E. Michael Reiterer and the Ambassadors of the 28 Member States of the European Union would like to emphasise the unprecedented urgency which is needed to step up global efforts to avoid the dangerous effects of climate change.

    The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in the Republic of Korea:

     

    The Ambassador of the European Union, H.E. Michael Reiterer and the Ambassadors of the 28 Member States of the European Union would like to emphasise the unprecedented urgency which is needed to step up global efforts to avoid the dangerous effects of climate change. Climate change is happening and its effects are being felt all over the world. The special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels which was published on 8th October is alarming and calls for immediate action by the International Community which will necessitate a fundamental change of many systems (transport, energy, consumption patterns, nutrition..) we are used to. The Special Report demonstrates clearly vulnerabilities, impacts and risks of further global warming to human societies and natural systems, including the attainment of sustainable development and of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), thereby strengthening the scientific underpinning of the objectives and long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.

     

    Stepping up global action to reach a 1.5°C target is essential to reduce risks and the negative consequences of climate change and global warming.

     

    The EU Environment Ministers immediately endorsed the Special Report when outlining the EU position  for the next Plenary meeting on the implementation of the Paris Agreement in Katowice .They confirmed that the EU remains more than ever committed to the Paris Agreement and is implementing ambitious policies. In recent months the EU has adopted further legislation that will help the EU deliver on its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These include the new EU 2030 renewable energy target of 32%, the new energy efficiency target of 32.5%, the reform of the EU emission trading system, the emission reduction targets in sectors falling outside the scope of ETS and the integration of land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) in the EU's climate and energy framework. Low-emissions and climate resilient growth is possible. The EU continues to be successful in decoupling economic growth from emissions. Between 1990 and 2016, the EU's GDP grew by 53% while total emissions fell by 22.4%. The EU's share of global greenhouse gas emissions fell from an estimated 17.3% in 1990 to 9.9% in 2012.

     

    Collective and fair action by all is the best way to achieve ambitious action on climate change.

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