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Post-2012 climate policy for the EU

<p>Under the Kyoto Protocol, the EU has committed itself to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 8%, compared to 1990 levels, between 2008 and 2012. The commitments of industrialised countries under the Protocol average 5.2%. These reductions will be a first – albeit vital – step to address the human-induced part of the climate problem, but alone they will not stop climate change. Further action is necessary to reach the ultimate objective of the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to which the Protocol belongs, namely "the stabilisation of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system." Recent studies indicate that - in order to limit global average temperature increase further substantial global emission reductions are needed: global emissions will have to peak around 2025 and will have to decrease by 15 % below 1990 levels by 2050.</p>
<p>It is important for the EU to continue to demonstrate its leadership on addressing the challenge of climate change by developing ideas on the future regime. More clarity on further global action on climate change will also help business providing a stable and predictable international policy environment.</p>

  • greenhouse gas
  • Monday 22 November 2004, 01:00 (CET)

Practical information

Monday 22 November 2004, 01:00 (CET)