European business, local authorities and NGOs urge EU leaders to step up climate actionBerlin, 12.06.2018. Today a unique gathering of businesses, investor groups, local and regional authorities, and civil society groups, among which the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), standing together as the Coalition for Higher Ambition, are calling upon EU leaders to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon Europe and thus limit climate impacts and allow for improvements to public health, greater competitiveness for businesses, and an increase in good quality jobs.
The Coalition believes that the current EU climate commitments need to be raised in order to keep the Paris Agreement goals within reach. The stakeholders urge EU leaders to:
- Ensure the finalisation of the EU’s energy legislation for 2030 in line with the ambition levels adopted by the European Parliament.
- Ensure that the new EU long-term climate strategy sets Europe on a pathway that delivers on the 1.5°C objective of the Paris Agreement, which must include a net-zero emissions target by 2050 at the latest.
- Ensure a timely revision of the 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target so as to allow the EU to resubmit its Paris pledge to the UN by 2020, as agreed in Paris.
The statement comes prior to the High-Level EU Talanoa Dialogue where key decision makers and stakeholders will be discussing ways to step up climate action; and the final round of negotiations on the EU’s energy legislation for 2030, both taking place on 13 June.
Statement from the Coalition for Higher Ambition
Ania Drazkiewicz, Head of Communications, CAN Europe
Rachel Ward, Head of Policy, the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)
Tamara Inkster-Draper, Project Manager, the Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group
Sarah Mekjian, Communications Director, Climate Alliance