Aligning EU Climate Policy with the Paris Agreement

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Greenhouse gas emissions must decline drastically so that the earth does not heat up too much.
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According to the IPCC, global warming must be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to mitigate the risks. An UBA position paper outlines how the EU climate policy could be aligned with this goal. Already by 2020, the parties to the Paris Agreement are to submit their updated national climate contribution to limit global warming. Up to now, far less has been promised than would be necessary.

By 2020 at the latest, the parties to the Paris Agreement should confirm or update their nationally determined climate contribution (NDC) to the UN Climate Secretariat. Even before the special report "1.5 degrees global warming" of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was published in October 2018, it has been known that there is a large gap between the currently communicated NDCs and the emission reduction efforts necessary to meet the temperature targets agreed in the Paris Agreement. The IPCC Special Report has also made it clear that the risks to nature and mankind of warming by 2 degrees compared to 1.5 degrees are much greater than previously assumed. In the next decade, the climate change mitigation ambition within and outside the EU must be substantially increased and accelerated.

The position paper outlines UBA recommendations on how the climate ambition in Europe should be increased by 2030, how the EU should promote ambitious climate protection at the global level, and what role the cooperative approaches from Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, in which states cooperate on a voluntary basis, could play.