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Parliamentary questions
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19 November 2021
P-005208/2021
Priority question for written answer  P-005208/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Robert Roos (ECR)
 Subject: The Glasgow Climate Pact (GCP)

On 13 November 2021, the Glasgow Climate Pact (GCP) was agreed at COP26. The EU was represented by the Commission.

1. A draft of the pact was entitled ‘Glasgow Climate Emergency Pact’, which prompted objections. Can the Commission confirm that the word ‘emergency’ has been deleted on the ground that it has no basis in science?

2. The GCP refers to ‘the phase‑down of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies’. Can the Commission confirm that the absence of a carbon tax is not a ‘subsidy’ in this respect?

3. The GCP states that ‘carbon budgets consistent with achieving the Paris Agreement temperature goal are now small and being rapidly depleted’. Can the Commission confirm that (i) the parties at COP26 have not agreed a worldwide carbon budget; (ii) the EU is not bound by any carbon budget; (iii) it is technically impossible to verify whether a country has stayed within a carbon budget imposed by law; and (iv) the Commission will never propose a ‘personal carbon budget’ for EU residents?

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