Briefing 
 

COP26: MEPs to debate the Glasgow Climate Pact  

Following the deal reached in Glasgow, MEPs will debate the outcome of the negotiations on Wednesday morning.

Before the start of the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), Parliament called for higher global ambitions to achieve a strong outcome at the COP26. After two weeks of negotiations, the Glasgow Climate Pact was adopted on Saturday 13 November. On Wednesday at 09:00, MEPs will debate the outcome of the negotiations.

You can read first reactions to the Glasgow Climate Pact by Pascal Canfin (Renew, FR) and Peter Liese (EPP, DE), who headed Parliament’s delegation to COP26, here. Parliament’s delegation met with ministers, parliamentarians and other delegates from several countries including China, Brazil, the United States, Russia, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, Bangladesh and the Maldives, as well as representatives from international organisations and NGOs from Europe and developing countries.

Background

Parliament has been pushing for more ambitious EU climate legislation, and declared a climate emergency on 28 November 2019. In June 2021, the European Climate Law was adopted by Parliament. It transforms the European Green Deal’s political commitment to EU climate neutrality by 2050 into a binding obligation for the EU and its member states. It also increases the EU’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 40% to at least 55%, compared to 1990 levels. In July 2021, the Commission presented the “Fit for 55 in 2030” package to enable the EU to reach the more ambitious 2030-target.

Procedure: Debate on topical subject

Debate: Wednesday 24 November