In the countdown to the Climate Action Summit by the United Nations, the EU reaffirms its commitment to accelerated climate ambition. “The European Union has a powerful story to tell at the UN Climate Summit later this month. We are a global climate leader and our climate action is an outstanding example of delivery,” Commissioner for Climate Action and energy, Miguel Arias Cañete stated. The UN Climate Summit, taking place in New York on 23 September, also kicks off the second session of the 2019 Climate Diplomacy Weeks, during which the EU Delegations around the world are fully engaged in a number of pro-climate activities.
The European Union has been at the forefront of global climate action, negotiating an inclusive international framework to respond to this challenge, while acting domestically with unity, speed and decisiveness. The EU has put concrete actions behind its Paris Agreement commitments, in line with the Juncker Commission priority of establishing an Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy.
“With the Paris Agreement, for the first time all parties committed to reduce emissions. Now we must make sure these reductions are timely enough to avoid the worst of the climate crisis. The European Union will bring to New York the fruit of our work on the Energy Union: a realistic perspective of a climate-neutral Europe by 2050, backed by ambitious policies set in binding legislation,” Commission Vice-president for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said. “The EU has ensured that all sectors contribute to the transition. At the Climate Action Summit, we hope our plans will inspire other countries, and we hope to be inspired. Our message is simple: Europe delivers.”
The European Union is the first major economy to put in place a legally binding framework to deliver on its pledges under the Paris Agreement and it is successfully transitioning towards a low emissions economy, with a view to reach climate neutrality by 2050. Ambitious climate action enjoys strong democratic support. According to the latest special Eurobarometer on climate change as published today, 93% of Europeans believe that climate change is a serious problem.
Moreover, the EU and its member states, true to their commitment to multilateral action rooted in science, are actively preparing to communicate by early 2020 a long-term strategy with the objective of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
During Climate Diplomacy weeks that will take place from 23 September until 6 October in all corners of the world, locals are mobilised to take part in several green actions thanks to the efforts of the EU Delegations to do their bit for the planet.