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Parliamentary questions
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7 December 2018
Answer given by Mr Arias Cañete on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005178/2018

1. The Commission is aware of the study(1) referenced on the BBC website(2).2. The Commission welcomes the work of academia and civil society on the clean energy transition and climate change mitigation, including on developments in China and elsewhere. The Commission works actively with its global partners to encourage and support the clean energy transition in countries beyond European borders. European experience and expertise in regulatory, technological and policy is an important part of those exchanges. 3. The Commission monitors whether its international partners meet the targets through the relevant mechanisms established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including through Parties’ reports and multilateral assessment by other Parties. What is more, the Commission champions the development of an enhanced transparency framework under the Paris Agreement and the establishment of a robust and effective mechanism to facilitate implementation of and promote compliance with its provisions.

Beyond the multilateral process, the Commission monitors whether its international partners meet these targets by maintaining dialogues with the authorities, including through regular climate diplomacy demarches and a scaled up policy dialogue with major economies, as well as by supporting open-access academic analyses.

(1)Shearer C., Yu A. & Nace T., 2018. Tsunami warning — can China’s central authorities stop a massive surge in new coal plants caused by provincial overpermitting? CoalSwarm Initiative.
(2)Website: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45640706

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