14 december 2019


COP25: a profound disconnect between people and politicians on the climate emergency

Climate Action Network, Madrid, 14 December 2019, for immediate release

After a year of unprecedented mobilisations calling for urgent climate action, world leaders at COP 25 failed to step up climate action in line with the 1.5°C objective of the Paris Agreement. The lack of ambition at COP25 puts more pressure on the EU to come forward with a substantially higher 2030 climate pledge in early 2020 to convince other big emitters and pave the way for increasing global ambition by next year’s COP26.

In reaction to the outcomes of COP 25, Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network Europe said: “ During COP25, the EU has repeatedly said it wants to lead by example. To prove its sincerity and leadership to implement the Paris Agreement, the EU needs to substantially increase its 2030 climate pledge in the first months of 2020. The window of opportunity to achieve the 1.5°C objective of the Paris Agreement is closing rapidly. ”

At COP25, the EU has also repeated its commitment to remain in the High Ambition Coalition – a group of countries that has committed to submit a new 2030 climate target in the first quarter of 2020-.
Article 6 of the Paris Agreement (the rules that govern global carbon markets) was a priority at COP25 as it was the only issue of the Paris rulebook that was not concluded last year in Katowice. The discussion on Article 6 saw limited progress due to disagreements on how to ensure environmental integrity in the carbon market through avoiding double counting, keeping outdated efforts out of the Paris Agreement and implementing social and environmental safeguards.

Ulriikka Aarnio, International Climate Policy Coordinator at CAN Europe said: “Protection of human rights and ensuring environmental integrity must go hand in hand with increased climate action and avoidance of double counting. Anything that undermines these principles harms communities who are the least responsible for the climate crisis and undermines the promises made in the Paris Agreement. ”
During COP25, the Belgian Federal government has doubled its previous contribution to the Green Climate Fund to 100 million euro. Many European countries, mainly Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Austria, are still expected to double their contributions. In addition, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Belgium, Ireland and first-time contributor Poland made contributions to the Adaptation Fund.

Rachel Simon, Climate Finance Policy Coordinator at CAN Europe said: “European countries can recognise the climate emergency and support developing countries in enhancing their climate pledges, by continuing to scale up climate finance, in particular for adaptation, as the 100 billion dollar annual goal kicks into force in 2020.”

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