EU rejects ‘unacceptable’ proposal at COP 27: ‘Better no deal than a bad deal’

The European Union rejects an “unacceptable” proposal from the Egyptian presidency of COP27 on the climate, which would lead to calling into question past commitments on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, an official told AFP on Saturday. French government source.

“At this stage, the Egyptian presidency calls into question the achievements of Paris and Glasgow on the reduction of emissions. This is unacceptable for France and the countries of the EU, “said those around the French Minister for Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher.

A cornerstone of the fight against climate change, the Paris Agreement of 2015 aims to limit global warming “well below 2ºC” compared to the pre-industrial era, and if possible to 1.5ºC. This ambition was reaffirmed at COP26 in Glasgow last year.

“The problem is that the Egyptian presidency is trying to pass a text that would lift the obligations of States to regularly raise the targets for reducing emissions to reach 1.5 degrees”, it was explained in the entourage of the minister.

Negotiations are tough at COP27 in Egypt this year and boiled over for at least a day on Saturday, when they were officially due to end on Friday evening.

Disagree

The European Union prefers “rather no agreement than a bad agreement” in the climate negotiations at COP27, said Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Saturday.

“We are worried about some of the things we have seen and heard in the last 12 hours,” he told reporters, adding that the Europeans’ aim was to keep the global warming limit “alive”. of 1.5°C, the most ambitious objective of the Paris agreement.

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