European Union rejects ‘unacceptable’ emissions proposal at climate talks

European Union rejects 'unacceptable' emissions proposal at climate talks
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Climate talks: EU says it “prefers to have no result than a bad result”.

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt:

The European Union said on Saturday it would rather have ‘no result’ than a bad one at the UN climate talks, after rejecting a proposal by summit host Egypt as deemed insufficiently ambitious on reducing carbon emissions.

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said the EU “rather to have no result than a bad result” and was willing to pull out of the talks altogether, but added that they still hoped for a good result.

The “vast majority” of nations participating in the climate talks believe Egypt’s proposed package of resolutions is “balanced”, COP27 President Sameh Shoukry said after the EU criticized the text.

“The vast majority of parties have indicated to me that they consider the text to be balanced and that it is a potential breakthrough that can lead to consensus,” Shoukry, who is also Egypt’s foreign minister, told reporters as he spoke. the talks continued.

“At this stage, the Egyptian presidency calls into question Glasgow’s achievements in terms of reducing emissions,” an official from the French Ministry of Energy Transition told AFP, referring to the results of last year’s COP26. . “It is unacceptable for France and for the countries of the European Union”.

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries agreed to limit global warming to “well below” two degrees Celsius compared to the end of the 19th century.

They also signed an ambitious target to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C, which scientists later confirmed was a much safer safeguard against catastrophic climate impacts.

This more ambitious 1.5°C target was adopted last year in Glasgow, with countries agreeing to review their carbon reduction targets every year.

“The problem is that the Egyptian presidency is trying to pass a text that removes the obligation for countries to regularly increase their national targets in order to reach the 1.5°C target,” the French official said.

Timmermans, who heads the EU delegation to COP27, said the talks were “in overtime”.

“The EU is united in our ambition to move forward and build on what we agreed in Glasgow,” he wrote on Twitter. “Our message to partners is clear: we cannot allow 1.5C to die here and today.”

The two-week talks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh have bogged down on a number of interrelated issues, including how – and how quickly – to get money to vulnerable developing countries already battered by storms , droughts, heat waves and floods.

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