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Climate Change - Paris 2015 Climate Conference

Environment 27-11-2015 - 12:22 / Updated: 14-07-2016 - 09:44

Officials from nearly 200 countries met in Paris from 29 November to 11 December 2015 to negotiate a new climate change agreement for after 2020. In addition a delegation of 15 MEPs were present at the COP summit on 8-12 December 2015. Parliament set out its goals for the conference in the own-initiative report "Towards a new international climate agreement in Paris". Read on for more information on the conference. (Read more: Climate change: working towards an international agreement)

A historic agreement to tackle climate change was agreed at the COP21 conference in Paris on Saturday. The European Parliament was present at the summit with a delegation made up of 15 MEPs. We asked delegation head Giovanni La Via, an Italian member of the EPP group, what the next steps will be and how Parliament will be involved. (Read more: La Via: COP21 agreement sets out a clear course for climate policy over next century)

Rising temperatures, melting glaciers and ever more frequent droughts and floods are all signs that climate change is a very real threat. In December a new international climate agreement will be sought at a special UN summit in Paris. On Wednesday the environment committee adopted a report setting out Parliament's aims for the negotiations. After the Committee vote, EP rapporteur Gilles Pargneaux (S&D, FR) talked to us on the goals agreed upon. The plenary vote is foreseen for October 14. (Read more: Gilles Pargneaux on the UN Climate Summit: "a summit to decide")

Only two months left before world leaders gather in Paris to hammer out a global agreement to fight climate change. Parliament will send a delegation of 15 MEPs to the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in December to help obtain a successful result. MEPs debate and vote on Parliament's position on Wednesday. Follow it live on our website and find out more about the stakes involved in our infographics. (Read more: COP21: the road leading to the vital climate change conference in Paris)

December's climate change conference in Paris aims to come up with an international agreement to help limit global warming after 2020, but it is far from the first one. MEPs are this week voting on a recommendation to ensure that the Doha climate agreement, setting targets for emissions reductions up to 2020, is still ratified by the end of the year. Read on to find out more about the first climate change agreements and the efforts to come up with a new global deal to help fight global warming. (Read more: Climate change agreement: from Kyoto to Doha and beyond)

Most people would agree that climate change needs to be tackled, but it is less clear where the money needed to do this should come from. MEPs discussed the issue with their national counterparts on Monday 30 March during a hearing on the climate conference that is due to take place in Paris in December this year. National MPs agreed that their work starts now to ensure their governments prepare for the Paris conference. (Read more: Climate change: the challenge of finding the funds needed)

“Raise your voice, not the sea level” is the motto of this year´s World Environment Day, which calls attention to the impact climate change has on small islands. The day is held on 5 June every year to raise awareness and encourage people to act to protect the environment. The European Parliament has been at the forefront of the world´s response to global warming, by adopting legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and by guiding the EU towards a low-carbon economy. (Read more: World Environment Day: Parliament's non-stop fight against climate change)

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of EU citizens support for increased EU action on environmental protection (Eurobarometer 2016)
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Key elements of Paris Agreement

holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels


pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels


reaching global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible and recognising that peaking will take longer for developing countries, and to undertake rapid reductions thereafter


developed countries will mobilise at least 100 billion $ per year by 2020 to provide climate support for developing countries


every 5 years, starting in 2023, countries will revise their plans and contributions

We, as the European Parliament, have to ratify the agreement and I hope that a large majority will vote in favour of the final deal, which includes one of the main points Parliament has asked for. Giovanni La Via (EPP, IT) (Read more)
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