BRUSSELS, October 6 (Hfrance.fr) - The European Union on Wednesday agreed to support five-year climate targets during the conferencence on COP26 climate change, where countries will attempt to finalize the rules necessary to bring the Paris Agreement into force.
At the summit of COP26 , to be held in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, countries will try to unblock years of technical rules negotiations. 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 expressits preference for 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.
EU decision strengthens the negotiating position of the US, African countries and small island states, which also support the climate over five-year commitments .
They say the shorter five-year cycle would keep the pressure on countries to set ambitious goals and help determine their own. 'they are cutting their emissions fast enough to avoid catastrophic climate change.
They also fear that 10-year commitments will allow countries with climate targets to be met. weaker to go unnoticed for an entire decade.
La China and India are among the c countries opposed to a single timeline.
Define 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 commitment to the UN, which would estimate where its emissions should be this year, to stay on track for its 2040 target. Report by Kate Abnett; Edited by Hugh Lawson
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