Friends of the Earth calls on EU to show leadership on global warming

October 9th, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth called on the EU to show leadership on global warming as nations renewed their attempts to reach agreement for international action on climate change at the UN climate negotiations in Panama which ended on Saturday 8 October 2011.

The environmental campaign charity is urging EU environment ministers, who are meeting on 10 October 2011, to agree to significant cuts in the bloc’s emissions.

The USA never signed up to the Kyoto Protocol, and Russia, Canada and Japan have indicated that they will not sign up to another commitment period when the current one expires.

This week’s talks in Panama have seen a further push by rich countries to replace the Kyoto Protocol with a weaker climate treaty which would be insufficient to reduce the chance of catastrophic climate change.

According to Reuters, the European Union is the only major emitter that has expressed willingness to remain committed to the Kyoto protocol.

Friends of the Earth’s International Climate Campaigner Asad Rehman said “the EU must rise to the climate challenge by increasing its emission reductions targets – and show global leadership on this issue.

“By committing itself to safeguarding the only international climate law, the Kyoto Protocol, the EU will demonstrate real determination to prevent laggards from sinking the only vessel capable of delivering meaningful carbon cuts.

“The science says the EU should reduce its emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2020 to play its part in tackling climate change – but European politicians still can’t agree to 30 per cent cuts.

“Fast-tracking the drive towards a low-carbon future will create new jobs and business opportunities, reduce our dependency on expensive fossil fuels and lay the foundations for a safer future for us all.”


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