Lima climate talks postpone crucial decisions

Global transition

More action required before the next climate summit in Paris

At the end of the UN Climate Summit in Lima, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network Europe1 stated:

“The limited progress that was achieved in Peru, in particular on the provision of financial support to poor countries to adapt to climate change, or repair the damages from extreme weather events, is a big let down after the positive signs that came from the New York Summit and recent announcements about emission cuts and financial pledges.”

“Very limited progress was made on how to deal with emission reductions after 2020. Crucially, we’ll be able to see whether governments are doing enough to keep global temperature rise well below the catastrophic 2°C they’ve agreed to avoid. For Europe, it is an opportunity, before Paris, to increase the EU greenhouse gas emission reduction target for 2030 beyond the agreed weak 40% level.”

“Although the $10 billion pledged to the Green Climate Fund was a welcomed step forward, the agreement gives no clarity on what comes after this 10 billon. Our environment ministers need to work with their finance colleagues to spell out the sources of finance available and work out how they will deliver the rest of the promised money in a clear, predictable and measurable way. This is one of the most pressing issues for developing countries.”

“No progress was made in Lima on closing the current emissions gap between what countries plan to do by 2020, and what is needed to keep temperature rise well below 2°C and avoid dangerous climate change. The EU has to ramp up its emission reductions efforts before 2020, by phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, ensuring the objective to reduce energy consumption by 20% is reached and engaging in a real reform of the failing Emissions Trading Scheme.”



Wendel Trio, CAN Europe Director,, +51 954 999 357

Ania Drazkiewicz, CAN Europe Communications Coordinator,  +48 514 32 67 80

Matthew Keys,  CAN Europe Communications Coordinator,, +44 7812052475



[1] Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe is Europe’s largest coalition working on climate and energy issues. With over 120 member organisations in more than 25 European countries, CAN Europe works to prevent dangerous climate change and promote sustainable energy and environment policy in Europe.

CAN Europe is the European node for CAN-International, a worldwide network of more than 900 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) committed to limiting human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.


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