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At Council meeting, Ministers must step up EU climate ambition
22 April 2013
This week in Dublin, EU Environment and Energy Ministers are discussing the EU's climate and energy policies at an informal Council meeting. It is vitally important for this dialogue to lead to an increase in the EU's appallingly low climate ambition.
In Dublin, Ministers will discuss the EU's recently released Green Paper on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework as well as a communication on international climate policy. [1, 2] A gross chasm divided the two papers, with the international one acknowledging the urgency of the climate crisis while the domestic one was completely lacking in vision.
"While there seems to be some recognition that time is running out to craft an effective international climate deal, the EU is totally missing the boat on domestic policy," said Wendel Trio, Director of CAN Europe. "You can't have one without the other. The Irish Presidency should take the lead on rapidly increasing the EU's domestic climate and energy aspirations. This action should include strong, binding post-2020 targets for energy savings and renewables in addition to greenhouse gases for a global climate deal to even become possible."