Europe’s heads of government today prepared their joint position for the next round of international climate talks with Friends of the Earth Europe warning the agreement falls way below the scale of emission reductions needed and includes a dangerous over-reliance on carbon markets.
The EU Council in Brussels adopted a common negotiating position to take to the crucial UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico which begin in four weeks.
European governments are being warned of the dangers of their reliance on carbon trading and offsetting of emissions as they meet to discuss climate change in Luxembourg today. With six weeks to go before crucial international climate talks in Mexico, Friends of the Earth Europe is urging European Environment Ministers to resist industry pressure and commit to higher emissions reduction targets.
Ministers meeting in Luxembourg today failed to call for a higher emissions reduction target in Europe. With six weeks to go before crucial international climate talks in Mexico, European governments are continuing their over-reliance on carbon markets. This will not deliver the necessary level of emissions reductions, and is obstructing more effective policy measures such as regulation, direct investments, and taxation.
Business attempts to undermine effective European action on climate change and finance regulation are exposed today with the launch of the Worst EU Lobbying Awards 2010 . Corporate influence over governments is blocking desperately needed measures to stop the worsening of the financial and climate crises.
From today, members of the public can vote online at www.worstlobby.eu for the most deserving ‘winner’ in this year’s two categories – climate and finance. Online voting will run until 25 November 2010.
Tianjin, China - With talks under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change set to close here today, members of Friends of the Earth International said they were disappointed by the lack of progress, particularly rich countries’ threats to abandon their existing legal commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.
At the same time, they said that some hope had emerged that headway could be made on one issue at least -- climate finance -- at the upcoming UNFCCC conference in Cancun.
Around 60 citizens have met 40 members of the Finnish Parliament to discuss Finnish climate policies. The citizen lobbyists had a clear message: Finnish people want to see ambitious and fair climate policies and a law with binding annual cuts in carbon emissions.
Citizen lobbyists won four new supporters for a Climate Change Law, including the vice president of the Social Democrat party.
Brussels/Bonn, August 6 – International climate negotiations ended today with Friends of the Earth Europe criticising Europe and other rich industrialised countries for trying to avoid making any emission reductions.
A new report on the benefits for Spain of adopting a climate law has been launched by Friends of the Earth Spain at a press conference in Madrid.
The report was produced by Friends of the Earth Spain and Factor CO2 (formerly Ecofys in Spain). 'Oportunidades para una Ley de Cambio Climático en España basada en los presupuestos de carbon' (Opportunities for a Climate Change Law in Spain based on carbon budgets) shows opportunities, advantages and barriers to implementing a climate law in Spain.
Development and environmental groups today warned that EU biofuels targets are leading to uncontrollable land grabbing from poor communities in Africa, pushing more people into hunger . On the day before EU Member States submit their renewable energy plans to the EU, ActionAid and Friends of the Earth Europe called on European leaders to halt the expansion of biofuels.
European leaders, meeting today in Brussels, are seriously jeopardising the European Union's chances of averting catastrophic man made climate change, and tackling the economic crisis by delaying the crucial decision to unilaterally increase targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions. They are closing the door on innovation, green investment and up to a million new jobs warns Friends of the Earth Europe.