BRUSSELS , October 6 (Hfrance.fr) - The European Union on Wednesday agreed to support five-year climate targets at the conference on changeclimate change COP26, where countries will try to finalize the rules necessary to put the Paris Agreement into force.
At the summit of COP26, which is held in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, countries will try to unblock years of negotiations on technical rules. One of the questions they have is whether their climate goals under the 2015 Paris Agreement should follow a "common tible ".
Environment ministers from EU countries agreed on Wednesday to support the view that countries should set climate targets every five years. Some EU states, including Poland, wanted an option to set 10-year targets. learn more
The EU will express its preference por five-year targets "only where all parties are required to do so and in a manner compatible with EU climate law ", the ministers said in a statement.
The EU decision strengthens the negotiating position of the US, African countries and small island states, which also support the five-year climate commitments.
They say the shorter five-year cycle would keep the pressure on countries to set ambitious goals and help determine if they reduce their emissions fast enough to avoid catastrophic climate change.
They also fear that 10-year commitments could leave countries with lower climate targets to go under the radar for an entire decade.
China and theIndia are among the countries opposed to a single timeline.
Defining a Paris Agreement commitment every five years would not necessarily change EU law y binding targets to reduce emissions by 2030 and 2050. Brussels will also set an emissions reduction target for 2040.
For example, the EU could submit a 2035 climate pledge to the UN, which would estimate where its emissions should be this year, to stay on track for its 2040 target. Kate Abnett report; Edited by Hugh Lawson
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