France welcomes EU emissions reduction targets for 2030

Climate disruption/European contribution to COP21 – Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Paris, 7 March 2015

I welcome the European Union’s presentation on 6 March of its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2030.

The EU emits nearly 10% of the world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. It is now among the first – after Switzerland, which did so on 27 February – to have announced an “intended nationally determined contribution” beyond 2020. All countries have undertaken to present their contributions before the Paris Climate Conference, if possible in the first quarter of 2015.

The EU has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030 compared with their 1990 levels. The aim is to reduce its emissions by 80% to 95% by 2050.

In accordance with the decision taken at the COP19 in Warsaw and confirmed at the COP20 in Lima, I call on all countries to present their contributions as soon as possible, in order to have a shared vision of all parties’ respective targets ahead of the COP21 in Paris.

This will be an important factor in assessing the collective impact of the national targets in relation to the general aim of limiting global warming to 2ºC. It will also be very useful for appreciating the scale of the necessary adaptation to the impact of climate disruption, particularly in the most vulnerable countries./.

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