‘More ambition needed to tackle climate change’

Governments have made “strong” commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the COP21 conference in Paris. That’s according to the European Commission which also stated an ambitious global level should be […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Governments have made “strong” commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the COP21 conference in Paris.

That’s according to the European Commission which also stated an ambitious global level should be regularly revisited and strengthened to keep the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change.

A forum, hosted by the Commission, focused on the overall effect of countries’ contributions to the new international climate agreement.

According to the EU, 149 countries, representing almost 90% of global greenhouse gas emissions, have put forward their plans to the UN.

That means emissions would peak and start to decrease at global scale during the next decade, it added.

Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy said: “Countries have done serious work, approved at the highest political level, to design comprehensive climate strategies, many for the first time. This is unprecedented. The initial contributions on the table make a significant difference but these alone will not be enough to keep global warming below two degrees.

“That’s why in Paris we need to agree a long-term goal to guide our efforts, a process for taking stock of the progress made and raising ambition and robust transparency and accountability rules. The new deal must show to the world that governments are united, determined and serious when it comes to fighting climate change.”

The UK should aim to reduce its carbon emissions by 54% by 2030, according to the Energy and Climate Change Committee.