The Environment Council has adopted conclusions that define the EU`s position for the UN climate change conference to be held in Paris. Ministers agreed that the EU intends to reach an ambitious, legally binding and dynamic agreement to keep global warming below 2oC. To contribute to the goals of the agreement, countries presented comprehensive national climate change plans (national fixed contributions, NDC). These are not yet sufficient to meet the agreed temperature targets, but the agreement points to the way forward for further measures. Each year, the parties to the UNFCCC meet to review and review progress on the convention, related agreements and their implementation. The Presidency of the Council represents the EU in these international forums known as the “United Nations Climate Change Conferences” (COP). It will also enable the contracting parties to gradually strengthen their contributions to the fight against climate change in order to achieve the long-term objectives of the agreement. A new global agreement on climate change was reached on 12 December. The agreement is a balanced outcome with an action plan to limit global warming to a level “significantly below” 2 degrees Celsius and to limit its efforts to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The timely implementation of the EU climate and energy framework by 2030 was seen as an important sign of the EU`s commitment to the goals of the Paris Agreement. Ministers also stressed the importance of swift ratification of the agreement. The Paris climate conference was held from 30 November to 12 December 2015. This was the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11).
Delegations from some 150 countries participated in negotiations for a new comprehensive and legally binding agreement on climate change. This article was written by Euractiv and re-educated as part of a content-sharing agreement. As soon as the European Parliament gives the go-ahead, the closing decision will be formally adopted by the Council. The EU will then be able to ratify the agreement. The EU was the first major economy to present its emissions reduction target under the Paris Agreement.