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EU loses credibility in faltering Doha climate talks


07 Dec 2012


Climate & Environment
EU Priorities 2020

Speaking from the UN climate change summit in Doha GUE/NGL MEP Sabine Wils said the EU had lost its credibility in the halting negotiations and that the talks revealed the complete failure of capitalist approaches to the climate problem.


"Financial pledges by developed countries for adaptation to climate change are too slow to arrive and are insufficient. Some EU countries are bargaining with unused emissions certificates in order to sell them after 2020 - this is unacceptable. The planned extension of the emission trading scheme beyond Europe is no solution. We will not be protected from 4°C global warming this way."


"The EU has already achieved a 20% emissions reduction as Commissioner Hedegaard announced in Doha. It must now commit itself to an emissions reduction of at least 30% by 2020 with a binding EU-wide energy transformation from fossil fuels to renewables required."


"The little insular states that are facing demise - and countries like Bangladesh which are severely threatened by flooding - are being cast aside in these talks" Wils concluded.



Contact in Doha:

Lasse van Aken

+49 / 151 / 52 53 54 33


GUE/NGL Press Contacts:
David Lundy +32 470 85 05 09
Gay Kavanagh +32 473 84 23 20
European United Left / Nordic Green Left
European Parliamentary Group


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