Paris climate deal architect ‘disappointed’ at EU summit

10th May, 2019 09:56:49 printer

BRUSSELS: EU leaders meeting in Romania missed an opportunity to act on growing public demand for stronger action against climate change, an architect of the Paris agreement said Friday, reports AFP.

Laurence Tubiana, who now heads the European Climate Foundation, said the lack of ambition on climate was all the more glaring at a summit touting efforts to tackle future challenges.

“I think it is a missed opportunity,” Tubiana told journalists in Brussels following Thursday’s summit in Sibiu. “I’m really disappointed with Sibiu.”

Tubiana said Germany, the European Union’s biggest economy, is “dragging its feet” on demands from other EU countries to ensure Europe moves to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Speaking in Sibiu on Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stopped short of taking up the call by eight EU countries to meet the target.

“Because our targets for 2050 differ, I have not yet been able to fully support this initiative,” Merkel told reporters. She said the “first step” was for the EU to meet its pledge to reduce its carbon emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

The eight countries appealing for zero emissions are France, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, according to a copy seen by AFP.