EP delegation to Copenhagen


Public Forum: Copenhagen - climate cross-roads or cul-de-sac?
Following the failed climate summit in the Danish capital last December, Europeans are looking for a new direction in the fight against global warming. Many saw the weak agreement as a dead end, others saw it as another stop on the journey. Discussing which road to take is our studio audience of European students, MEPs Peter Liese and Yannick Jadot as well as Russell Mills from Dow Chemical.


Press release - 10-02-2010
The EU should create a "new climate diplomacy", and its future budget must provide enough funding to protect against, and adapt to, climate change, say MEPs in a resolution approved on Wednesday. The EU's commitment to combating climate change must not falter, and it must unilaterally set a CO2 reduction target greater than 20% for 2020, despite the Copenhagen summit's disappointing outcome, urge MEPs.
Story from "La Une" - 21.01.2010
Background - 17.12.2008


European Parliament at COP15 - a voice of ambition

The Copenhagen Climate Conference (7-18 December 2009) is the most important meeting this decade for global climate protection efforts. The European Parliament will be represented there by an official delegation. Over the years Parliament has become a voice of ambition, calling for EU leadership in the fight against climate change.
Parliament already co-legislates with Member State governments on EU environment policy, but the Lisbon Treaty's entry into force, on 1 December 2009, has given it an even more prominent legislative role: its consent is now required for international treaties. A new Copenhagen climate protection agreement might even become the first test case.
The mandate and position of Parliament's delegation are outlined in a resolution on "EU-Strategy for the Copenhagen climate change conference", which was passed with a huge majority on 25 November 2009.
Parliament asks for:
  • an ambitious and legally binding international agreement, in line with the latest developments in science and consistent with the 2ºC objective,
  • collective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the developed countries at the high end of the 25-40 % range for 2020 compared to 1990 levels,
  • the recognition of the "common but differentiated responsibility principle" between the industrialized and the developing countries, and
  • the effective protection of forests and actions against deforestation.
Parliament also emphasises the responsibility of developed countries to provide sufficient, sustainable and predictable financial and technical support to developing ones (the EU contribution towards developing countries' mitigation efforts and adaptation needs should not be less than €30,000 million/year by 2020).
This resolution will guide Parliament's Copenhagen delegation in its contacts with Parliamentarians, government representatives, NGOs and other players from across the world in the common effort to create a strong global basis for climate protection.
Jo LEINEN - Chairman of the EP Delegation to COP15
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Hearing on global warming and food policy

Everyone can fight climate change by not eating meat one day a week, urged Sir Paul McCartney at a European Parliament public hearing on "Global Warming and Food Policy: Less Meat = Less Heat" on Thursday. The panel of global warming and food policy experts, including Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri, urged legislators to encourage people to do more individually to fight climate change.
Livestock account for 18% of total greenhouse gas emissions, which is double the share of transport, according to the 2006 UN Food and Agriculture Organisation report "Livestock's Long Shadow". Many speakers also highlighted the inefficiency of producing meat, rather than crops, to feed the world.
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