The European Commission today called for a global, ambitious and comprehensive climate agreement at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen on December 7-18.
"World leaders must take the bold decisions needed to stop climate change from reaching the dangerous and potentially catastrophic levels projected by the scientific community," said European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. "The European Union has set the pace with our unilateral commitment to cut emissions 20 percent by 2020 and our climate financing proposals for developing countries. We will be ready to scale up our emission reduction to 30 percent provided our partners in both the developed and the developing world take on their fair share of the global effort."
EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas added: "I very much welcome that several major partners including the US and China have recently put concrete emission targets or actions on the table.[...] However, the aggregate offers from developed countries still fall well short of the level of ambition needed, so I urge those countries with weak targets to improve them."
The EU's goal for the conference is to make as much progress as possible toward a full treaty and to reach an ambitious and comprehensive political agreement covering all its key elements as well as a "fast start" deal allowing for immediate implementation or preparation of certain actions, including financial assistance to least-developed countries.