EU sets next steps to implement Paris agreement

The EU Commission has presented an assessment which looks at the next steps the region has to take following the Paris agreement. It stated the EU should focus on implementing […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The EU Commission has presented an assessment which looks at the next steps the region has to take following the Paris agreement.

It stated the EU should focus on implementing a 2030 energy and climate framework to achieve its targets.

Proposals to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% should be fast-tracked by the European Parliament and the Council, the Commission added.

Member States must also enable the transition to a low carbon economy through a range of policies and instruments reflected under the Energy Union Strategy.

The assessment suggests the EU to step up its international climate diplomacy to maintain the political momentum and support other countries in the implementation of the agreement and their climate plans.

Miguel Arias Ca├▒ete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy said: “We have the deal. Now we need to make it real. For the EU, this means completing the 2030 climate and energy legislation without delay, signing and ratifying the Agreement as soon as possible and continuing our leadership in the global transition to a low carbon future.

“Through our climate diplomacy, the EU will push to keep climate change at the top of the international political agenda.”